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Edgware and Hendon merger 'an ideal union for the future of the Jewish community'

    Edgware and District Reform Synagogue (EDRS) last night voted to merge with Hendon Reform Synagogue, following the latter’s approval of the move last month.

    Perry Newton, EDRS community director, said his congregation “overwhelmingly” supported the unification of the two communities which have a membership of around 2,600 families between them.

    Hendon has been looking for a while to move since many of its members no longer live in the vicinity.

    Mr Newton said working parties were” immediately moving forward on the merger planning and will be looking at all areas of the communities’ operations”.

    A packed hall at EDRS recognised the aspects that “make this an ideal union for the future of the Jewish community in this area,” he said.

    “Major emphasis was placed on how we support both the ageing and traditional members as well as the younger progressive families with their children to encourage the commitment to modern Judaism, their families and the wider community.

    “The viability of the merger has already been proven by the existing co-operation in religious education, synagogue services and social activities.”

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