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Gateshead Jewish Community

Town of Gateshead

Gateshead, with a population of about 190,000, lies on the south side of the river Tyne in North East England, across the river from Newcastle upon Tyne.  The metropolitan borough of Gateshead, which had been formed in 1974, became a unitary authority in 1986 when the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, of which it formed part, was abolished except for ceremonial purposes.  Until 1974, Gateshead (covering an area less than today) was a county borough and historically part of County Durham.

Gateshead Jewish Community and Congregations

The earliest Jewish settlement in Gateshead is believed to date from the middle of the nineteenth century, although the first synagogue was not established until about 1883. The Jewish community of Gateshead is unique among provincial communities in the UK, being almost exclusively ultra-Orthodox and its Yeshivas are probably the principal centres of Jewish learning in Britain.  


Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Gateshead:


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Gateshead Jewish Community



Other Gateshead Jewish Institutions & Organisations

Educational & Theological

  • Beis Hatalmud

  • Gateshead Yeshiva

  • Kolel Harabbonim - the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies

  • Sunderland Talmudic College and Yeshiva (formerly of Sunderland)

  • Sunderland Kolel, Institute for for Higher Rabbinical Studies (formerly of Sunderland)

  • Yeshive Lezeirim

  • Gateshead Girls High School

  • Gateshead Jewish Primary School

Other Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

  • Friends in Need Society (founded 1892) for relief of Jewish poor.

  • Benevolent Loan Society (founded by 1900).

* As listed in the Jewish Year Book 1900.


Gateshead Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1901)



(The Jewish Year Book 1910)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956



(The Jewish Year Book 1965)



(The Jewish Year Book 1990)



(The Jewish Year Book 1999)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)


Census Data

Earliest Jewish resident

  • 1841 Census. HO 107/296/9 folio 4 page 2:
    Pipewellgate, North Side
    Abraham Levi. 35. Traveler [sic]. Foreign

Information supplied by Harold Pollins


Gateshead Jewish Cemetery Information

There is no Jewish cemetery - burials take place in Newcastle (see Newcastle Cemetery Information).

Jewish Congregations in Tyne and Wear

Jewish Communities of England home page



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