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Established in 1947, Wanstead & Woodford Synagogue has played an important role in shaping the local Jewish community. Our traditional ethos, excellent leadership and strong community spirit make Wanstead & Woodford a unique community to live in and visit.


Wanstead & Woodford Synagogue is a modern and inclusive Orthodox community, founded on traditional Jewish values and beliefs. 
Our goal is to enrich our members' Jewish identity, education and practice through regular tefilla (prayer) and events and to be a community where everyone feels valued and welcomed.

Rabbi Fleischer is the spiritual leader of our community and provides religious direction and a strong focus on Torah learning. Our services are traditional and uplifting and we aim to make them accessible to all ages, backgrounds and levels of observance. As a Zionist community, we strongly support the State of Israel and celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim along with the wider community.

We are a constituent member of the United Synagogue and are represented on the Board of Deputies of British Jews. We base our practice and guidelines on the Office of the Chief Rabbi and the London Beth Din.


The shul is led by the Rabbi as well as an elected Executive and Board of Management.

Rabbi and Rebbetzen

Rabbi Beni Fleischer comes from Melbourne, Australia, via Israel, where he received Semicha from Aish HaTorah in the Old City of Jerusalem. He has a degree in Classical Singing from the Victoria College of the Arts and is also a professional Chazan. He is well-known for his educational focus on development of character traits and spirituality through high-level Torah study.

Previously Youth Rabbi of Pinner Synagogue, Rabbi Fleischer joined Wanstead & Woodford Synagogue in 2006. He is married to Leah, from Brooklyn, New York, and has six young children; Chana, Racheli, Avromi, Penina, Miriam and Chaya Sara.


Malcolm Marcovitch, Chairman
Robert Fine, Vice Chairman
Stephen Miller, Financial Representative

Board of Management

Audrey Angel
Jeffrey Bendon
Natasha Brett
Sally Caplan
Nicholas Levin
Alan Lewis
Pamela Rainsbury
Murray Rich
Jef Saltman
Bryan Sinclair
Graeme Taylor

Honorary Vice Presidents

Geoff Abrahams
Max Fishel
Paul Polin
Jef Saltman


Lynn Appleby, our Administrator, is responsible for ensuring the management of the office, where she is supported by Kate Pereira. Whether it is booking a function, organising a life cycle event or dealing with a sensitive issue, Lynn is on-hand to provide assistance. Our Caretaker is Windsor George-Sharpe, who ensures the premises are in good shape and order.


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The shul is situated in the pleasant suburban area of South Woodford, serving a large catchment area including Wanstead to the south and Woodford Green to the north.

It is easy to get to us, with South Woodford station on the Central Line a short walk away and Central London a 30 minute tube ride. By road, the shul is accessible from the A406 (North Circular Road) from the Waterworks Corner roundabout. The M11 motorway starts from South Woodford and Stansted Airport is just 35 minutes drive away. There are also many local bus routes which stop nearby.


We have a multi-use building which is available for hire via the Shul Office. The Hyman Bagel Hall seats approx. 230 people (190 with tables) and the Simon and Lily Simons Hall seats approx. 120 people (80 with tables). There are kitchen and storage facilities along with 7 classrooms. The shul also has a Beit Midrash and a large sukkah.


The shul can also be hired as the 'Renaissance Suite' through our partnership with Shaun Russell Banqueting. When you walk through the doors you'll see the shul beautifully transformed into a banqueting suite. The venue seats approx. 160 people including a dance floor and comes with kosher catering under the supervision of the London Beth Din.

To book, call 020 8906 3500 or 07745 103 880 or email enquiries@shaunrussell.co.uk


The 15,000-strong local Jewish community in North East London and Essex has many amenities and services available to the whole community, which are mostly within a 15 minute drive for those living in the Woodford area. Further afield, it takes approximately 20 minutes to drive to Stamford Hill and 25-30 minutes to Golders Green and Hendon.

Community Centre & Services

Redbridge Jewish Community Centre (Sinclair House)
Address: Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, IG4 5LN
Phone: 020 8551 0017

Chabad Lubavitch Centres of North East London and Essex
Address: 395 Eastern Avenue, Ilford IG2 6LR
Phone: 020 8554 1624

Jewish Schools

Two local Orthodox Jewish schools, Ilford Jewish Primary School and King Solomon High School, both located in nearby Barkingside, provide a Jewish education from ages 2-18. They provide an excellent academic education in secular and Jewish studies and imbue students with a love for Judaism and its values and giving them the knowledge and tools to be Jewish leaders in all fields. Both schools maintain an Orthodox Jewish ethos, with the United Synagogue as their foundation body.

Ilford Jewish Primary School
Address: Carlton Drive, Ilford, Essex IG6 1LZ
Phone: 020 8551 4294

King Solomon High School
Address: Forest Road, Barkingside, Essex, IG6 3HB
Phone: 020 8498 1300      

Kosher Food

Golan Bakery
Address: 388 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex IG2 6HW
Phone: 020 8554 8202
Supervision: London Beth Din

Just Kosher (Butcher)
Address: 12 Claybury Broadway, Redbridge, Essex 1G5 0LQ
Phone: 020 8551 2828
Supervision: London Board for Shechita

La Boucherie (Butcher)
Address: 145 High Road, Barkingside, Essex IG6 2AJ
Phone: 020 8551 9215
Supervision: London Board for Shechita

Orli (Bakery and Cafe)
Address: 143 High Road, Barkingside, Essex IG6 2DF
Phone: 020 8551 0888
Supervision: London Beth Din

Pesach Shop (opens in lead-up to, and during, Pesach, run by Chabad)
Address: Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, IG4 5LN
Phone: 020 3031 2412

There are Kosher sections in many local supermarkets and shops.


Ilford Mikvah
Address: 463 Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG2 6EW
Phone: 020 8554 8532

For more information about use of the mikvah see www.mikvah.org.uk

Supported Accommodation & Care Homes

There are many facilities for supported living for the elderly in the local area including Milne Court which is located next door but one to the shul. In addition to those run by Jewish charities below, there are also many other private housing developments with warden-control, many of which have high numbers of Jewish residents.

Abraham Cohen Court
24-26 Beehive Lane, Ilford, Essex IG1 3BF

Aztec House
Repton Park Estate, Tomswood Hill, Ilford, Essex IG6 2HL

Charlotte Court
39a Clarence Avenue, Ilford, Essex IG2 6JL

Hilary Dennis Court
34 Sylvan Avenue, Wanstead, London E11 1QX

Milne Court
18 Churchfields, South Woodford, London E18 2QQ

Vi and John Rubens House
5-27 Clarence Avenue, Ilford, Essex 1G2 6JH


Wanstead & Woodford Synagogue was formed in 1947 as an affiliated member of the United Synagogue. From meeting in families' houses to purpose-built premises in South Woodford, Wanstead & Woodford Synagogue has been a hub of Jewish worship and activity ever since. As a constituent member of the United Synagogue, we aim to build upon our rich history of lay leadership and communal activity to provide more for our members and attract more people to our special community.

Click here to download a short history of Wanstead & Woodford Synagogue.