Pinner is a quiet, green, garden suburb that was originally a hamlet, first recorded in 1231 as Pinnora. The village grew rapidly in the 1920s and 1930s but still encompasses many large parks and open spaces including Pinner Memorial Park, Pinner Village Gardens, Pinner Wood (woodlands) and Pinner Park (farmland).
Pinner is located halfway between Harrow and Watford, 20 minutes from Baker Street on the Metropolitan Line.
The Pinner Jewish Community was established in 1940, operating under the auspices of the United Synagogue since 1948. Our present building was consecrated in 1981 and is a multi-purpose hall used for services and communal events. The Henry Jackson Centre next door is our Community Centre building which is used for a variety of social and religious events.
Pinner Synagogue is a proud member of the United Synagogue.
Our community includes many who were born and/or grew up locally as well as those who have relocated here from all over London and other parts of the UK, including NW England and Scotland. We also have several members born in Israel, South Africa and elsewhere.
The community comprises a wide demographic from families with young children (New Generation) and teenagers, to a thriving group of active over 60s (Maturians).
As a community we focus on an inclusive attitude to encourage participation in both religious and secular activities from as wide a group of our members as possible.
The Pinner Jewish Community is supportive towards Israel, with many members visiting family and friends regularly. We also raise funds for specific charities as part of our communal activities and have a specific group (Pinner Israel Committee) that organises a variety of Israel-related events.
In addition to daily morning and evening services, we run many services on Shabbat and festivals, with our members actively participating and leading all services. We run specific programmes for Mitzvah Day, Shabbat UK, Tisha B’Av and Yom HaShoah. Our ‘scholar-in-residence’ programme over Shavuot (pre-Covid) from Tikun Leil to Neilat HaChag attracted 120 people and during Shavuot 2022, we held a BBQ to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee attended by over 200 people.
Our education programmes range from traditional text-based learning to lecture series with external speakers, community debates and walking tours.
We are always happy to tell everyone what a great community this is, but don’t just take our word for it – read what the Jewish Chronicle’s Secret Shul-Goer had to say about us here.
The village has many and varied local supermarkets, specialist shops and a variety of stores that are well stocked with supervised kosher products, including pre-packed meat. In addition, there are numerous kosher delivery services for kosher products and indeed kosher restaurant takeout.
Pinner is in easy distance of kosher restaurants, bakeries and delicatessens in nearby Borehamwood and Edgware.
Since March 2018, Pinner has had an eruv, which enhances the observance of Shabbat in our community.
Pinner has a keilim mikva and there are mikvaot at Edgware and Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogues, a short distance from Pinner.