Agudath Achim Synagogue

Old Castle Street

Aldgate, London E.1.




Page created: 6 December 2006
Latest revision or update: 15 January 2014

Congregation Data

Official Name:

Agudath Achim Synagogue

Former Names:

Old Castle Street Synagogue (Chabad)
"Peace & Truth " Chevra  (Shalom v'Emess Chevra)
(All the above are believe to be different names for the same congregation, although possibly, one or other of the names relate to a separate congregation.)


42 Old Castle Street, London E1

Old Castle Street, in London's East End, extends some 300 feet south from Wentworth Street, running parallel with, and about 250 feet from, Commercial Street (to its east).

Date Founded:

By 1870 (according to Social  History of Jews in England, V. D. Lipman, p74)

Current Status:

Closed, after 1966


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


"Peace & Truth " Chevra  was one of the congregations that attended the meeting of 16 October 1887 to form the Federation of Synagogues., and became one of the original federated synagogues on 6 November 1887. 

Membership Data:

1870 -  120 members  (Social  History of Jews in England, V. D. Lipman, p74)
1896  - 130 members  (Jewish Year Book 1896-1897)
1905  - 160 members  (Jewish Year Book 1906)
1915  - 134 members  (Jewish Year Book 1916)

Local Authority Districts:

Old Castle Street is now in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, Old Castle Street was in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) in the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

Old Castle Street was also within the civil parish of Whitechapel (which was in the former County of Middlesex until 1889) and which, from 1856 to 1900, was a constituent of the Whitechapel District.

The civil parish of Whitechapel was abolished in 1927 being absorbed into Stepney Borough parish, which itself was abolished in 1965.

Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - Whitechapel
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
From 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which now holds the registers)

Other Congregation Information

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations of the London East End

Greater London home page

List of Federation of Synagogues Congregations

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