Brighton's First Jewish Congregations (to 1874)

Brighton, East Sussex




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Congregation Data


Brighton's first Jewish congregations (until 1874)

Addresses & Chronology:

  • From about 1792 (other sources state 1800) - First synagogue in Jew Street, Brighton.

  • From at least 1808 - Synagogue moved to Poune's Court, West Street, Brighton.

  • 1813 - Congregation temporarily closed down (lack of numbers).

  • From 1821 - Synagogue formally re-constituted in West Street, Brighton.

  • From 1824 - Moved to 38/39 Devonshire Place, Brighton (plot purchased and building erected in 1823, enlarged 1837 and/or 1867), designed by David Mocatta (now a Grade II listed building).

  • 1874 - Establishment of Middle Street Synagogue, Brighton (see Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation)

There was also for a long time a private synagogue in 26 Brunswick Terrace, Brunswick Square, Hove, in the house of Philip Salomons (who died in 1867).


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Membership Data:

1845 - 16 ba'ale batim and 32 seatholders (C. Roth - The Rise of Provincial Jewry)
1851 - 10 appropriated seats and 150 individual members (ibid.)
1852 - 32 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1860 - 38 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1870 - 46 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)


Brighton & Hove Jewish Community home page  (which includes links to
congregational histories and other articles relating to the above congregations)

Jewish Congregations in East Sussex

Jewish Communities of England home page

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