Whitley Bay Jewish Community

& Hebrew Congregation

Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Tyne & Wear



Page created: 6 March 2004
Latest revision or update: 31 July 2016

Town of Whitley Bay

The seaside town of Whiteley Bay (population about 10,000) in the North East of England is situated about five miles north of the Tyne estuary, some 10 miles northeast of Newcastle and about three miles north of North Shields.

Whitley Bay is now in the metropolitan borough of North Tyneside (in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear), which was created in 1974 upon the merger of several authorities, including most of the then Municipal Borough of Whitely Bay, all of which auuthorities had been within the county of Northumberland. Whitley Bay had received borough status in 1954, having previously been the urban district of Whitley Bay since 1944, and prior to then, the urban district of Whitley and Monkseaton,

The Whitley Bay Jewish Community

The Whitley Bay Jewish community dates from 1922, when first regular services were held in private homes. A Synagogue building was not acquired until 1937. In 1953, a Jewish Sections was dedicated at  local cemetery. The community began to decline in the the late 1960s and finally closed at the end of the 1990's.

Congregation Data


Whitley Bay Hebrew Congregation


2 Oxford Street, Whitley Bay NG26 3TB (from 1937). The synagogue was dedicated 1938 and , following extensive rebuilding, reconsecrated on 27 February 1966.
Services previously held in private homes, including that of the minister.

Date Formed:


Current Status:

Closed by about 2000 (last listing was in Jewish Year Book 2000)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Rev. Nemeth - (the congregation's first minister) to 1930s

Rev. Samuel Zucker - from 1930's to 1937

Rabbi Wengroff - from 1937

Rev. A. Brysh

Rev. S Ballenow

Rev. Greenberg - until 1965

Rev. A. F. Herling


Whitley Jewish Cemetery Information

Jewish Section, Whitley New Cemetery, Blythe Road, Whitley Bay (near St. Mary's Lighthouse), opened 1953.

Click North Tyneside, for other Jewish cemeteries in North Tyneside.

(See also IAJGS Cemeteries Project - Whitley Bay)


Whitley Bay Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)


Congregation Records


Numerous records of the Jewish Communities in Northeast England are deposited with the Tyne and Wear Archives Service (http://www.legacyarchives.org.uk).   CLICK HERE to view a full list of these records (correct to December 2005).

Synagogue Records:

Orders of service 1938-1966, brochures, etc. -  Tyne and Wear Archives Service (see above)

North Tyneside Jewish Community home page

 Jewish Congregations in Tyne and Wear

Jewish Communities of England home page


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