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Wanstead & Woodford US and Waltham Forest Merge
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Friday 21st November 2014

Last week Wanstead & Woodford United Synagogue and Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation, also known as Boundary Road synagogue, voted overwhelmingly in favour of merging to form a new US community. The name of this community is yet to be decided. This is the second merger for a United Synagogue community in the last month after Clayhall US and Newbury Park US also decided to join together. 

Commenting on the news, David Kaplan, Communities Director, said, “We are thrilled that we have been able to facilitate the merger of these two communities to form a strong, vibrant US Community for the future.” 

The vote last week was the culmination of months of discussions. The result will now be put forward to US Council for ratification. 

Chair of Wanstead & Woodford US, Sally Caplan said, “Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue are delighted to report that at Special General Meetings held on Novemer 18th, both communities voted by a significant margin to proceed with a merger of Wanstead & Woodford Synagogue and Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation. The Boards of both synagogues look forward to combining their strengths to make a new and vibrant Synagogue.” 

Chair of Waltham Forest, Mark Phillips, said “We are sad to say goodbye to Boundary Road, our spiritual home for 94 years, but we are very excited and look forward to a brighter and stronger future with our new community. We know that we will be better placed to support the North East London and Essex Jewish Community and with over 1,100 members, a far stronger platform to work from.”