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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.  

The following congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Gateshead Community:

Other Jewish institutions that exist in the community include the following:

  • 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

Articles on Gateshead Jewish Community

Press reference to the Gateshead Jewish Community 1856-1911

Jewish Population Data


(The Jewish Year Book 1900)
(The Jewish Year Book 1910)
(The Jewish Year Book 1935)
(The Jewish Year Book 1947)
(The Jewish Year Book 1956)
(The Jewish Year Book 1966)

(The Jewish Year Book 1991)
(The Jewish Year Book 2000)
(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

Cemetery Information

There is no cemetery - Burials take place in Newcastle.

Other Gateshead Jewish Information

Bibliography  and other sources

Jewish Congregations in Tyne and Wear

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used


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