Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

(Singers Hill Synagogue)

Birmingham, West Midlands




Page created: 2 March 2004
Latest update or revision: 5 May 2017

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:

Worship Number: 30805;
Registration District: Birmingham

Membership Data:

1845 - 83 ba'alai batim and 99 seatholders (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)

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)

Cemetery Information:

See Birmingham Jewish Cemeteries Information on Birmingham Jeish Community home page


Synagogue interior (from 1963 booklet issued by the Congregation)


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to Birmingham Hebrew Congregation


See Birmingham & District Jewish Community home page for
additional information and other articles on this congregation.


Other Congregational Records

Synagogue Records:

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

Jewish Congregations in West Midlands

Jewish Communities of England home page


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