Walford Road shul turns 100
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-12-03
Walford Road Synagogue
A Stoke Newington shul which featured on an episode of BBC One's Who Do You Think You Are is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a gala dinner with Lord Levy as special guest of honour.
The independent shul, where former EastEnders star Larry Lamb's grandmother converted to Judaism, is coincidentally called Walford Road Synagogue but has nothing to do with the fictional soap borough, in fact taking its name from a road named after businessman Herbert Henry Walford.
The shul, which opened in 1912, was previously known as New Dalston synagogue before undergoing its name change in 1922.
The community plans to celebrate their milestone on Monday 10th December at the Watford Mercure Hotel - with the proceeds from the £65-a ticket dinner going towards maintaining the shul building.
While many synagogues in the area have closed, Walford Road is hoping to expand its community as young Jewish families increasingly move to Stoke Newington, as well as nearby Islington and Hackney.
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