South Shields Hebrew Congregation

& Jewish Community

South Tyneside, Tyne & Wear



Page created: 6 March 2004
Latest revision or update: 28 June 2013

Town of South Shields

The port of South Shields (population approximately 80,000) is in the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside (which, until 1986, was a district) in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, in the North East of England.  Until 1974, South Shields was a county borough in County Durham.  It lies on the south side of the Tyne estuary, opposite North Shields.

The former South Shields Synagogue, 25 Beach Road, now offices (May 2013)
David Shulman 2013

South Shields Jewish Community

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The records in the database associated with South Shields include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in South Shields during the 1840s (1 record), 1850s (6 records), 1860s (22 records), 1870s (5 records), 1880s (7 records), 1890s (2 records) and 1900s (2 records).

Only one Jewish congregation, the South Shields Hebrew Congregation, is known to have existed in South Shields.

Congregation Data


South Shields Hebrew Congregation


25 Beach Road, South Shields

Previous Address

Ogle Terrace, South Shields, and previously, 38 Charlotte Street South Shields

Date Formed:


Current Status:

Closed in 1994, but services continued for a while in members homes.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Congregation Numbers:

1895 - 25 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896)
1900 - 39 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900/1)


Articles & Photographs relating to the South Shields Jewish Community

Press Reports relating to South Shields Jewish Community - 1891-1910

Photographs of the former Synagogue, including the Foundation Stones

Jewish Population Data

1846  -  First Jewish settlement
1895  -  120 (The Jewish Year Book 1896)
1900  -  140 (The Jewish Year Book 1900-01)
1946  -  125 (The Jewish Year Book 1947)
1955  -  115 (The Jewish Year Book 1956)
1990  -    25 (The Jewish Year Book 1991)



Numerous records of the Jewish Communities in Northeast England (only a sample of which are listed below) 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:

  • Synagogue Records 1890-1933 -  Tyne and Wear Archives Service (see above)

  • Plans 1922 -  Tyne and Wear Archives Service (see above)


South Shields Cemetery - IAJGS Cemetery Project


Jewish Congregations in Tyne and Wear

Jewish Communities of England Home Page

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