Plymouth Hebrew Congregation

(Plymouth Synagogue)

Plymouth, Devon




Page created: 2 March 2004
Latest revision or update: 14 December 2015

Congregation Data


Plymouth Hebrew Congregation


Catherine Street (adjoining Guild Hall), Plymouth PL1 2AD

The Plymouth Synagogue is the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue still standing in the English speaking world, built 1762

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Ashkenazi Orthodox

Marriage Certification:

Group: Board of Deputies
Worship Number: 21598
Registration District: Plymouth

Membership Data:

1845 - 19 ba'ale batim and 33 seatholders (C. Roth, The Rise of Provincial Jewry)

1851 - 150 appropriated seats, 205 individual members (ibid.)

1852 - 52 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1860 - 52 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1870 - 40 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1880 - 41 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1890 - 50 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1898 - 70 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1898/9)

1899 - 66 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900/1)

1900-  72 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1905 - 70 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1906)

191980 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1920)

1946 - 115 members (Jewish Year Book 1947)

1999 - 72 members (Board of Deputies)


Articles and Other Material on the Congregation
All available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive

Plymouth Synagogue. A short history by Rabbi Bernard Susser.

Report on the History and Condition of the Plymouth Sifrei Torah, compiled by Rev. Bernard Susser.

Note for the Visitor to Plymouth Synagogue by Rabbi Bernard Susser.

Extract of Chief Rabbi's Correspondence for Devon and Cornwall - facimile. Made by Rabbi Susser from the duplicate correspondence books of the Chief Rabbis for the nineteenth century.

Congregation Plymouth Congregation Births Register, 1829-1837 - facimile.

Handlist of Artefacts of Plymouth Synagogue, 1892 - facimile.

Handlist of Artefacts of Plymouth Synagogue, 1934 - facimile.

Handlist of Artefacts of Plymouth Synagogue, unknown date - facimile, (20th Century).

Inventory of Deeds at Plymouth Synagogue - facimile, compiled in 1963.

Biography of Nathan Joseph Altmann.

For other on-line articles and other material relating to this congregation, see the Plymouth Community home page


Plymouth Jewish Community home page

Jewish Congregations in Devon

Jewish Communities of England home page

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