Richmond Synagogue

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Richmond Synagogue
Basic information
Location Lichfield Gardens, Richmond, London.
Affiliation United Synagogue
Rite Orthodox Judaism
Status Active
Architectural description
Architect(s) Stern Thom Fehler Architects [1]
Completed 1987

Richmond Synagogue is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Lichfield Gardens, Richmond, London. The synagogue building, designed by Stern Thom Fehler Architects, was opened on 9 March 1987 by Chief Rabbi Sir Immanuel Jakobovits and Rabbi Moshe Barron.

The synagogue operates a day centre for Jewish people over 60.[1]

Rabbi Jonathan Hughes became the synagogue's rabbi in November 2013.[2][3] Previously an associate rabbi at the Hendon United Synagogue, he is a law graduate and former Reading Football Club player.[3]


Until 1916 the synagogue community was known as the Richmond Hebrew Congregation and from 1916 to 1938 it met at Central Hall, Parkshot, Richmond,[4][5] a building opened on 28 June 1916 by Leopold de Rothschild, the then President of the United Synagogue.[6] From 1938 it met at a converted chapel in Sheen Road which was later purchased by Richmond upon Thames Council to make way for a Waitrose supermarket.[4][5]

Previous rabbis have included Yitzchak Schochet (1991–93). Notable congregants have included Eldred Tabachnik and Lord Woolf.[6]


The synagogue publishes a magazine, Richmond Record.


  1. ^ "Richmond Synagogue Day Centre". 13 July 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Richmond United Synagogue welcomes new rabbinic couple" (Press release). United Synagogue. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Amy Dyduch (30 November 2013). "From Reading Football Club to Richmond Synagogue". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Richmond Synagogue". Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Richmond & South West London: History". Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "History of the Richmond Jewish Community". Richmond Synagogue. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Howitt, A. Richmond and its Jewish Connections. Published privately, 1930
  • History of the Richmond Synagogue. Published by Richmond Synagogue, 1976
  • Renton, P. The Lost Synagogues of London. Tymsder Publications, London, 2000, pp. 145–6

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