Page created by John Berman: 2002
Congregations researched and page reformatted by David Shulman: 23 August 2005
Page redesigned by Louise Messik: 9 November 2011
Latest revision or update: 22 February 2015

Jewish Community of Liverpool and District

City of Liverpool

Liverpool, with a population of about 440,000 is major city and port lying on northeast bank of the river Mersey estuary in Northwest England.  Historically in the county of Lancashire, it was a county borough from 1888 until 1974, when it became metropolitan district within the then newly formed metropolitan county of Merseyside.  Liverpool became a unitary authority in 1986 when Merseyside lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.

Adjoining Liverpool are a number of other metropolitan boroughs within Merseyside, including Knowsley, formed in 1974 by the merger of the Huyton-with-Roby Urban District Council and several local authorities. Details of any Knowsley congregations are included in the list below.  For other communities in, or closely connected with, Merseyside, see under Sefton (for Bootle, Crosby and Southport), Wirral (for Birkenhead, Hoylake and Wallasey) and Widnes (for Widnes in Halton).

The Liverpool Jewish Community

The earliest organized Jewish community in Liverpool was in about 1740, of Sephardi Jews, probably connected to the small Sephardi community that had been established in Dublin. This community did not survive and a new Ashkenazi was founded in about 1780, although little is known of its early history. 

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The records in the database associated with Liverpool include:


WWII Civilian Casualties (28 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Liverpool during the 1770s (2 records), 1780s (6 records), 1790s (13 records), 1800s (35 records), 1810s (74 records), 1820s (117 records), 1830s (263 records), 1840s (532 records), 1850s (861 records), 1860s (199 records), 1870s (144 records), 1880s (107 records), 1890s (24 records), 1900s (8 records) and 1910s (9 records).


Subscribers to Rabbi Rabinowitz Memorial Fund (199 records, primarily in Liverpool).

The Jewish Congregations

The following congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Liverpool & District Community

*   Denotes active congregation
(3)  Pages with press reports on the coongregation.

Alternative Names for Liverpool's Synagogues

The following are former or alternative names of the above congregations:

Jewish Population Data

1750 -
1896 -
1934 -
1945 -
1965 -
1976 -
1980 -
1990 -
1992 -
1998 -
2004 -

Earliest organized Jewish Community in Liverpool
5,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1896)
7,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1935)
7,500 (The Jewish Year Book 1945-6)
7,500 (The Jewish Year Book 1966)
6,500 (The Jewish Year Book 1977)
5,950 (The Jewish Year Book 1981)
5,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1991)
4,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1993)
3,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1999)
2,698 (The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Other Liverpool Jewish Information

Jewish Property and Heritage & Places of Local Interest

Bibliography and other sources

IAJGS Cemetery Project - Liverpool Cemetery Information

Merseyside Jewish Community Records
at the
Liverpool Record Office

The Records include:

  • Project POOL (Photographs of Old Liverpool): 20,000 photographs from the City Engineers Department, 1897-1960 with 2,000 attached images. Catalogued with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • Liverpool City Council: The Corporation archives including minute books from 1550, education records including school records and cemeteries interment registers.

  • Merseyside Jewish Community Archives: Includes records of synagogues, organisations, schools, businesses and personal papers. Catalogued with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Jewish Community.

  • Ecclesiastical Records: Includes full details of Roman Catholic and Non-conformist archives together with summary details of Anglican parish holdings.

  • Imperial Tobacco Company, Ogden Branch: Full listing of this important business archive. Catalogued with the support of Imperial Tobacco plc.

  • Merseyside Record Office: Brief details of all catalogued collections plus full listings of Non-conformist church and Coroner's records.

Other Jewish Congregations in Merseyside

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used



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