Birmingham's First Jewish Congregations (to 1856)

Birmingham, West Midlands




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Congregation Data


Birmingham's first Jewish congregations (until 1856)


From about 1730 to about 1791: - A small synagogue in the area then known as The Froggery, Birmingham (now the area of Station Road and New Street Station).

From about 1791 to 1809: - A small synagogue in Hurst Street. The following is the text of a report that appeared in Aris's Birmingham Gazette, on 26 September 1791 (page 3):

"On Friday last, the ceremony of dedicating the newly erected Jews' Synagogue, in this town, was performed by Mr. Phillips, Mr. Yates and Mr. Levi, who sung(sic) the appointed psalms and songs of praise ,in the sacred language, with great judgment and melody."

From 1809 to 1856: - A synagogue in Severn Street. The Stone was laid in 1809 and completed in 1813. In 1813 the synagogue was wrecked in riots. It was largely rebuilt and enlarged in Greek Revival style in 1823-27 (architect Richard Tutin) and refurbished in 1851. In 1856, it was sold to the Freemasons and is now the Athol Masonic Hall.

From about 1850 to 1856:  A rival congregation was established in Wrottesley.

(Thereafter the congregation were reunited and moved to the new purpose-built synagogue in Singers Hill - the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation)


Ashkenazi Orthodox

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