Dewsbury Synagogue

Dewsbury, Kirklees, West Yorkshire




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Press Reports relating to the Dewsbury Synagogue and Jewish Community

Compiled by Harold Pollins

Jewish Chronicle, 1 September 1905, page 25

‘Through the energy of a few coreligionists, a Minyan has been formed in Dewsbury, and services are to be held on the ensuing High Festivals. A large room in the Town Hall has been rented for this purpose. The Jewish inhabitants are anxious eventually to form themselves into a congregation. The support of Jewish residents in and around Dewsbury is desired for the movement’.

Jewish Chronicle, 6 April 1906, page 36

‘Last Sunday [1 April] the first Jewish place of worship in Dewsbury was opened by Alderman J. Moser JP, of Bradford.  Service conducted by Rev M. Abrahams, Visiting Minister, assisted by Revs S. Diamond, Reuben Tribich, and C. Kahn.’

The synagogue consists of rooms in Grove Street, structurally altered and adapted.

The executive consists of L. Salinski, President; B. Freidman, Vice-President; K. Weiss, Treasurer; M. Phillips, Hon Sec.

Jewish Chronicle, 20 April 1906, page 27

‘Service was held at ‘the new temporary synagogue in Grove Street’.

Jewish Chronicle, 5 October 1906, page 27

‘Mr. B. Witow of Berlin has presented a Sepher Torah with mantle and silver yod. Mr J.L. Flatow of Dewsbury presented it on behalf of his brother-in-law and subscribed £5 ‘towards the establishment of a Benevolent Society to help poor coreligionists in Dewsbury.

All the members of the congregation with their wives and children inscribed a letter in the Sepher Torah and their offerings were added to the Benevolent Society’.

Jewish Chronicle, 5 October 1906, page 31

‘Service at Grove Street was conducted by Rev. Mr. Dobkin assisted by his choir and Mr Fried.

Neilah was conducted by Mr Strauss. Mr L. Salinsky has presented a Ner Tamid, Mr Wattsman a clock, and Mr I. Flowers a table-cover’.

Jewish Chronicle, 30 September 1910, page xvii

‘At Dewsbury ‘the Market Stallholders’ Association have passed a recommendation of their committee:

"That Jews should be refused membership of the Association".’

Jewish Chronicle, 15 December 1911, page 18

‘Robert Weiss of Dewsbury with Hubert Oxley were killed in an aviation accident at Filey on the 6th  inst. Oxley was a qualified pilot and principal of an aviation school at Filey. Weiss was a keen amateur with his own biplane. A prize of £50 had been offered for the first flight from the Yorkshire coast to Leeds. They were hoping to take part and were at Filey when the accident occurred.

He was a brother of Mrs J. Flatow of Dewsbury. He was aged 28 and a partner in Anglo-Russian Trading Co. He was German-born and came to UK about 6 years ago. Buried in Germany.’

Jewish Chronicle, 23 March 1917, page 16

Death in action of Lt David Stross, Royal Flying Corps. Mother lives in Leeds. He was aged 24 and was formerly a member of the firm of S. Stross & Sons Ltd, rag merchants, of Dewsbury

Jewish Chronicle, 14 July 1922, page 26


A meeting was held yesterday week with a view to re-form the Hebrew congregation, which had been disbanded during the war. It was decided to hold services on the coming High Festivals. Residents in the neighbourhood of Dewsbury who wish to attend should communicate with Mr. Mark Salont, 31, Orchard Street, Savile Town’

Jewish Chronicle, 30 May 1947, page 12


At a meeting held at the home of Mr. Bernard Silver it was decided that there was now a large enough number of Jews living in Dewsbury to make it possible to revive the Dewsbury Jewish community, which has been out of existence for something like 30 years.

Messrs. Mark Salont was elected President; J. Salinsky. Vice-President; and Nelson A. Berkoff, Secretary.

Although the size of the community does not yet warrant the holding of regular services it was agreed at the meeting that one of the main objects would be to celebrate the festivals with the children of the community, and to arrange Jewish activities for them’.

Jewish Chronicle, 14 January 1949, page 14

‘A visit to the Dewsbury community was paid recently by Mr. Marc Labovitch, who spoke on the work of the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, to which the community is affiliated.

The founder and honorary secretary of the community, Mr. Nelson Berkoff, recently left Dewsbury with his family to settle in Israel…’.

Jewish Chronicle, 19 January 1952, page 9

‘Death of Dr Nestor J.S. Nathan at age 41. A hospital doctor in Yorkshire including a period at Dewsbury. ‘The small Jewish community in Dewsbury has good cause to remember him for his interest and ready help in communal matters’


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