Opening Times

Sunday to Thursday 
8.30 am to 3.45 pm

Friday
8.30 am to 1.30 pm

Visitors are kindly reminded that last admission to the cemetery is 30 minutes before closing time.

Hoop Lane Cemetery:
A brief History

The West London Synagogue opened its first burial ground in 1843, having secured a plot of land at Balls Bond road, Islington. By the late 19th century, West London Synagogue needed a larger burial ground and approval was given to establish a new cemetery on farmland near the hamlet of Golders Green. The congregation purchased the site for £3,000 on 21st December 1894. The area consisted of 15 acres and 38 poles situated at the corner of Temple Fortune Lane and Hoop Lane.

Just a few months before the cemetery opened, on 23 April 1896 the West London congregation sold eight acres of the site to the Spanish and Portuguese Jews of London, thus creating an arrangement of sharing cemetery space between the Reform and the Sephardi communities that has persisted into the 21st century. Hoop Lane also became the primary burial ground of London’s Spanish and Portuguese community, superseding its earlier Velho and Nuevo cemeteries in the East End. The first interment was that of Frances Salaman, wife of Charles Salaman, who was born in Jamaica in 1817 and died in London on the 6th May 1897.

There are two owning communities: the S&P Sephardi Community and West London Synagogue. The Cemetery is managed by the Joint Burial Committee (JBC) which is comprised of representatives of the two communities. It meets 4 times a year with the Cemetery Director.

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The Hoop Lane Crematorium is a separate organisation with no connection to the cemetery. Details can be found here

Burial Search

Click here to search our Hoop Lane and Edgwarebury cemetery database


COVID-19 update

26th November 2021

22nd Kislev 5782

With effect from Sunday 14th November, the following easing of restrictions apply:

  1. All funeral and stone setting services are unrestricted in number.
  2. The prayer halls are open for all services and the doors will stay open to aid ventilation.
  3. All seats have been restored to accommodate about 70 people.
  4. No standing is allowed inside so as to avoid congestion and people being packed in too tightly.
  5. There is standing room outside the prayer halls if required.
  6. We prefer that people wear masks in the prayer hall.  Attendees will have to exercise their own judgement in this regard.
  7. If the deceased was known to have Covid-19, the funeral will take place at graveside and the prayer hall will be locked.
  8. We ask that eulogies are kept to 10 minutes in total so as to minimise the time spent inside the prayer hall.
  9. All services will finish at graveside for the time being.
  10. The office is open for one visitor at-a-time. Masks must be worn.

We regularly review our procedures and updates are published on the website.

We thank you for patience and understanding during these challenging times.


Daily Schedule

Friday 26th   November 2021

22nd Kislev 5782

No Scheduled Services

 


Tips and Gratuities

The Joint Burial Committee and staff are committed to offering members a very professional service and there is a strict ‘no gratuities’ policy. People who would like to donate any monies can do so through the charity boxes found near the cemetery offices and the prayer hall. Donations help with the maintenance and upkeep of the grounds.

 

Directions & Parking

Please note that parking is very restricted. The cemetery was designed in an era without cars and there is only room to safely park about 10 vehicles. During services, priority is given to the officiating Rabbi and the Funeral Director. You can park on Hoop Lane after 9.30 am Monday to Friday, and all day on Sunday.

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Contact Us

Tel: 020 8455 2569
Hoop Lane
Golders Green
London
NW11 7NJ

Cemetery Director:
Lester Harris
Site Manager:
Paul Morton
Administrator:
Linda Stone
Finance Officer:
Mary Pearmain

Cemetery Operatives:
Gheorghe Paslariu
Ivor Thompson

Joint Burial Committee
Chair:
Daniel Ettinghausen
Vice-Chair:
Anthony Stewart
Treasurer:
Simon Raperport

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JBC takes your privacy seriously and we will only use your personal information to administer your business with us and/or to provide the products and services you have requested from us.

Tombstone services

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Tombstone cleaning & upkeep

Details on how to request renovations for tombstones and how the annual maintenance contracts work

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Dedications

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Rose Tree & Wall plaque

Details on how to make a dedication of a rose tree or plaque in memory of a loved one

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Images of Grounds

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Browse images of the grounds

Photos of the grounds, prayer hall and offices

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What to do in the
event of a Bereavement

The Cemetery is run on behalf of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Synagogue (S&P) and the West London Synagogue (WLS). Burial services are not available on Shabbat, Yomtov and Christmas Day.
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Stone settings

Stone setting arrangements have to be made through the representive synagogue and therefore you should contact them direct
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