Central & North Manchester Synagogue

Salford, Greater Manchester




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Congregation Data


Central & North Manchester Synagogue

Former Address:

Leicester Road, Broughton Park, Salford,  M7 4GP

(The congregation was considered part of the "North Manchester" Jewish community.)

Current Status:

Closed Sabbath 6 September 2008, merged with Manchester Great and New Synagogue, which was renamed Manchester Great New & Central Synagogue.

The following is a press report of the closure (Jewish Chronicle 5 September 2008):

Manchester shul’s last service before merger

The Central and North Synagogue in Manchester will close after the Shabbat service.
Membership has dwindled to little more than 100, making the upkeep of its imposing Leicester Road premises uneconomic. The shul will merge with Stenecourt Synagogue.
Tomorrow's service will be an emotional occasion for Central's long-serving Rabbi Jacob Rubinstein, who said: "After 36 years as minister it is a great wrench for me, but hopefully the merger will be an opportunity for further growth." Central's life president Sonny Fromson can reflect on 80 years of involvement - he joined the choir at the age of 10.

"I'm happy, in inverted commas, to see we've got another home in a more vibrant community, but I'm not happy to see the history go," he commented. "We are hoping it will be a good marriage."
Mr Fromson's 90th birthday will be celebrated at the first Shabbat for the merged communities in a fortnight, when Rabbi Rubinstein will join Reverend Gabriel Brodie in a joint ministerial role.


Formed in 1978 from the merger of:

Central Synagogue
of Heywood Street (corner Bellott Street),
Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8

formerly of: Cheetam Hill Road, Manchester, M8 (possibly from 1895 until 1928).

Previously Fernie Street Great Synagogue
Fernie Street, Manchester, M4
(from at least 1892 to 1895, according to Marriage Registers )

North Manchester Synagogue
(known as the "Brodyer Shul")
of Leicester Road, Salford,  M7
(a converted Methodist church)

formerly of: Cheltenham Crescent, Salford, M7
(until 1959)
Bury New Road, Higher Broughton, Salford, M7
(1899 until early/mid 1940's).

Courland Synagogue
or Kourlander Synagogue (in 1904), which was founded by at least 1899 (based upon first entry in Marriage Registers)
Beth Hamedrash Hagadol
(in 1905)
Beth Jacob Synagogue (in about 1969)

Founded by 1892 (although recent Jewish Year Books refer to 1871)

Founded 1899

Congregation developed from:
Volkervishker Chevra also known as Chevra Walkawishk

(founded in 1871 (source)),

which was in or very close to Red Bank, Manchester

Congregation developed from:
Brodyer Synagogue (taking its name from the Galician town of Brody, now in Ukraine, from where several of its founders originated)
of Waterloo Road, Manchester, M8
founded 1891.


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Manchester & District Council of Orthodox Synagogues

Marriage Certification:

Group for Certification:  Board of Deputies
Worship Number: 66767
Registration District: Salford

Membership Data:

Brodyer Synagogue

1896 - 110 seatholders (source)

Central Synagogue

1905 - 250 seatholders (source)

1915 - 250 seatholders (source)

North Manchester Synagogue

1905 - 206 male and 200 female seatholders (source)

1915 - 256 male and 300 female seatholders (source)

Central & North Manchester  Synagogue

1999 - 160 members (source)

Local Authority:

The congregation was in Salford, and predecessor congregations were either in Salford or the Cheetham area of Manchester.

Salford is in the metropolitan borough of the City of Salford, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester (which no longer has any administrative powers).

Waterloo Road and Cheetham Hill are now in the metropolitan borough of the City of Manchester, also within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester.

From 1889 to 1974, both Salford and Manchester were county boroughs (unitary authorities)  of Manchester, geographically (though not administratively) within the County of Lancashire.


Images relating to the Congregation

Copy of a Certificate presented to Mr. Ephraim Brown in 1914, in appreciation of
his serving for eight years as Vice-President of the North Manchester Synagogue

Other Congregation Information

Jewish Congregations in the City of Salford (metropolitan borough)

Jewish Congregations in the City of Manchester (metropolitan borough)

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page

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