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Hackney & East London Synagogue

Hackney, London E.9.

 

 

   
 


Page created: 6 September 2006
Latest revision or update: 26 January 2015


View of South Hackney Synagogue, 1897
 

Congregation Data

Official Name:

Hackney & East London Synagogue

Previous Names:

Hackney Synagogue (until 1993)
South Hackney Synagogue (until 1935)

Address:

2a Triangle Road, Hackney, London E8 3RP (from 2010, consecrated 16 December 2012)

Former Addresses:

The synagogue was previously in Brenthouse Road (previously known as Devonshire Road), Mare Street, Hackney, London E9 6QG from 1885. The synagogue was built in 1896 and opened by Hon Walter Rothschild, with a gold key. It was consecrated in 1897 in a ceremony led by Rev Dr. Hermann Adler, the then Chief Rabbi. In 1910, the synagogue was renovated and rededicated and, in 1936, it was enlarged and reconstructed.

The building included a large hall on the lower ground floor, which could be converted into nine classrooms, a main shul on the ground floor and a ladies gallery on the first floor. The synagogue could accommodate a congregation of 500 along with 300 children.

From 1885 to 1896, the Congregation used an iron building on the site (which building had been purchased from from Dalston synagogue for 80). The 1885 opening ceremony was carried out by Samuel Montagu MP and the building consecrated by Rev D Wasserzbug.

The Devonshire Road (Brenthouse Road) site, which had initially been leased by the Congregation at a rental of 22 per annum, was purchased in June 1892 for 500.  

From 1881 to 1885, the Congregation worshipped in a house in 43 Darnley Street, Hackney, London E9.

Current Status:

Active

Date Formed:

The Congregation dates from 1879

Ritual:

Ashkenazi Orthodox

Affiliation:

A constituent synagogue of the United Synagogue from 1897.

Incorporated and Merged Congregations:

In 1935, the Congregation (then known as the South Hackney Synagogue) amalgamated with the Central Hackney Synagogue, and was thereafter known as the Hackney Synagogue. This was the first amalgamation of synagogues in the history of the United Synagogue. As a result of the amalgamation, the Synagogue building was enlarged and reconstructed (which also entailed the purchased of the adjoining site at 22 Devonshire Road). For ten months from November 1935, services were held at the former Central Hackney Synagogue.

In 1976, Stoke Newington Synagogue was incorporated.

In 1993, East London Synagogue was incorporated, whereupon the Congregation changed its name from Hackney Synagogue to Hackney & East London Synagogue.

Ministers:

Past ministers of the Congregation included Reverend Gatchell Isaacs, first appointed on a temporary basis in 1890, who, "after a long and faithful ministry", was succeeded by Rabbi Dr. Louis Rabinowitz. In 1932, Rabbi Rabinowitz left to become minister of Cricklewood Synagogue and would later become the Chief Rabbi of the Hebrew Congregations in South Africa and later on, the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem.

He was followed in 1934 by the Reverend Dr. Barnett Joseph who remained in his post for over 40 years until his passing in 1973. Rev Joseph was awarded an MBE for his services to the community. During World War II, while Rev Joseph was in the armed forces on chaplaincy duties, the community was led by Rabbi Dr A Melinek.

Post 1973, the community struggled to afford a full time minister and in 1975, Reverend Alan Greenbat, then director of the Victoria Community Centre in Stamford Hill and a visiting minister to the small communities went to the synagogue to address a Barmitzvah boy. From then on, Reverend Greenbat carried out ministerial duties for the congregation until his retirement. Upon his retirement, Reverend Greenbat was awarded the title of Emeritus Minister, a post which he still holds today (2015).

Website:

http://www.hackneysynagogue.org

Membership Data:

Number of male seat-holders, 1897-1970: (source)

1897

1900

1910

1920

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

155

252

352

404

314

565

767

770

582

In 2015, there were approximately 400 members: (source)

Hebrew Classes:

In 1882, there were 35 children enrolled in the congregation's Hebrew classes and teachers included Rev A.L. Green and A.M Hyamson. By 1910, there were 400 children registered in the Hebrew classes. (Source: Congregation's website)

Local Authority Districts:

Hackney is in the London Borough of Hackney, an Inner London Borough created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

It was previously in the somewhat smaller former Metropolitan Borough of Hackney (established 1900) in the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

Registration Districts:

1 July 1837 - Hackney
1 April 1965 - London Borough of Hackney (which would now hold any registers)

 


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The records in the database specifically associated with this congregation include:

Seatholders Lists

1899 South Hackney Synagogue (199 records);
1910 South Hackney Synagogue (475 records)
1933 South Hackney Synagogue (423 records).

For a list of other London records in the Database that may also include records associated with this congregation, click here.
 

Articles and Documents
(kindly contributed by Mr. Lewis H Glinert,
whose parents were members of the congregation)

Other Congregation Information

 

Street Directory of Congregations in Stamford Hill, Hackney and Neighbourhood

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Hackney

Jewish Congregations in Greater London

Greater London home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations


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