History of Northwood US
In 1987 a number of members of Pinner Synagogue who lived in Northwood set up overflow services locally. The first overflow service in Northwood was held in a church hall on Kol Nidre 1997/5748.
The first Shabbat service was held in Northwood on Chanukah, 19th December 1987. It was attended by over 200 people. For the next seven years, Shabbat services were held in Northwood on the first Shabbat of each month and then increased to two per month.
In 1990 Friday night services began to be held locally in members’ houses and the United Synagogue bought three houses in Murray Road Northwood which became the venue for regular Shabbat services. Also in 1990 the Pinner Synagogue AGM agreed that Northwood should elect their own “steering committee”. This was the beginning of the Northwood Kehila. The community was growing and at an EGM it was agreed by Pinner and United Synagogue that Northwood should become an independent Synagogue.
In 1991 Rabbi Barry Marcus was appointed and Yomim Noraim services were held at the Bible College, Northwood College, the Grange and a marquee in a member’s garden.
In 1993, Northwood Synagogue joined the United Synagogue community and soon after detailed planning started for the building of a brand new synagogue building in Murray Road which was officially opened by the Chief Rabbi on Friday 22nd September 1995/ 27 Ellul 5755.
Rabbi Marcus left Northwood in 1994 and Rabbi Naftali Brawer and his wife Dina joined our community in August 1996 and served the community with great success for over eleven years until mid 2008. Whilst we undertook the process of appointing a new Rabbi, we were fortunate to have the services of Rabbi Alan Plancey, but at Pesach 2009 Rabbi Moshe Freedman and his wife Ilana joined the community as our Rabbi and Rebbetzen and to help us move to the next stage of our community’s development. They have launched a number of initiatives since their arrival including regular youth events, the Alternative Shabbat Service and 18-25 events.