Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

(Singers Hill Synagogue)

Birmingham, West Midlands




Page created: 2 March 2004
Latest update or revision: 30 December 2015

Singers Hill Synagogue, May 2013
David Shulman 2013

Congregation Data

Official Name:

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

Alternative Name:

Singers Hill Synagogue


Singers Hill, 26 Blucher Street, Ellis Street, Birmingham B1 1HL (often referred to as the "Cathedral Synagogue" - a Grade II Listed Building)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

Synagogue built and consecrated 24 September 1856 (reconstructed 1937).

It replaced the Seven Street Synagogue and the rival congregation established in Wrottesley Street


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Web Site:



Rabbi Yossi Jacobs - from 2008 to present (December 2015)

Marriage Certification:

Group: Board of Deputies;
Worship Number: 30805;
Registration District: Birmingham

Membership Data:

1845 - 83 ba'ale batim and 99 seatholders (c. Roth - Rise of Provincial Jewry)

1851 - 300 appropriated seats and 679 individuals (ibid.)

1852 - 116 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1860 - 262 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1870 - 330 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1880 - 418 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1890 - 511 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1896 - 560 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896/7)

1898 - 612 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1898/9)

1900 - 620 seatholders (Board of Deputies return); 611 seatholders(Jewish Year Book 1901)

1999 - 650 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)


Synagogue interior (from 1963 booklet issued by the Congregation)

Souvenir Publications

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation Centenary Celebration, Souvenir Brochure, 1956

The Stained Glass Windows of Singers Hill Synagogue, Souvenir Booklet, 1963

(We are extremely grateful to Natalie Elgrod for kindly
providing JCR-UK with a copies of the above publications)

Other Congregation Information

  • Minutes of the Congregation - 1825-1912 held by Birmingham Central library

Birmingham & District Jewish Community home page (which includes links to
further congregational histories and other articles on this congregation)

Jewish Congregations in West Midlands

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used




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