Cambridge Synagogue

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire




Page created: 12 June 2002
Latest revision or update: 21 February 2016


Congregation Data


Cambridge Synagogue now known as the Cambridge Traditional Jewish Community


3 Thompson's Lane (formerly known as Ellis Court), Cambridge CB5 8AQ (built 1937)

The building is shared with the University students, who have run the services during term time since 1899.

Previous Addresses:

41 Sidney Street (until 1937)

Great St. Mary's Passage (from 1889)

Petty Curry (until 1889)

King's Road (built 1847 to replace previous building, demolished to make way for railway)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

1888 (An organised community dates from 1774). Present congregation established 1937.


Independent (Ashkenazi) Orthodox


A provincial synagogue under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi.




In 2007, the Congregation appointed its first resident rabbi, Rabbi Reuven Leigh, who has been the Chabad Representative in Cambridge from 2003 until present (February 2016).

Marriage Certification:

Group for Certification: Board of Deputies
Worship Number: 63140
Appears in 1998 General Registrar Official List
Registration District: Cambridge

Membership Data:

1896 - 27 seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1896/97)
1898 - 40 seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1898/99)
1900 - 25 seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)
1909 - 30 seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1910)
1999 - 71 (Board of Deputies)


There are two (orthodox) Jewish cemeteries - the Jewish Sections of the Newmarket Road Cemetery (opened 1941) and the new Dry Drayton Cemetery. Membership gives entitlement to orthodox burial rites at these cemeteries through the Cambridge Jewish Resident Association Chevra Kadisha - (see Cambridge Cemetery Information)


Other Congregation Information

Synagogue Records

  • Marriage Records 1896-1977 held by Cambridge University Library

Cambridge Jewish Community home page (which includes links to
congregational histories and other articles relating to this congregation)

Jewish Congregations in Cambridgeshire

Jewish Communities of England home page



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