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Page created by John Berman: 2002
Congregations researched and page reformatted by David Shulman: November 2007
Latest revision or update: 2 December 2016

Jewish Community of Greater Manchester

City and Metropolitan County of Manchester

Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county established in 1974 in North West England, covers the City of Manchester and surrounding areas.  In comprises ten metropolitan boroughs, namely the City of Manchester, the City of Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.  In 1986, Greater Manchester lost its administrative powers becoming purely a ceremonial county. Accordingly, each of the metropolitan boroughs effectively became unitary authorities. The metropolitan county includes certain localities, such as Salford and Trafford that form a single conurbation along with Manchester, while others, such as Bolton, Rochdale and Wigan, are separate towns.

The Manchester Jewish Community

The Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

The following congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Greater Manchester Jewish Community Community: 

* Denotes active congregation.

A congregation that subsequently changed its name or merged into another congregation.

Alternative name of congregation.

(1) Community or congregation records (as listed) in All-UK Database.

(2) Pages with their own searchable databases.

(3) Pages with press reports on the community.

(4) Pages with photographs.

(5) Pages with articles and other contributed material.

(6) Pages with browsable lists.

Alternative Lists of Manchester Congregations
(Click below to view Manchester Congregations arranged as follows:)

 

 


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Manchester include:

Marriages

Holy Law & Beth Aaron Synagogue 1901-1932 (568 records);
South Broughton Synagogue 1920-1938 (494 records).

Burials

WWII Civilian Casualties (20 records).

Census

1871 (3,233 records)

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Greater Manchester (primarily Manchester and Salford) during the 1770s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (15 records), 1810s (24 records), 1820s (95 records), 1830s (181 records), 1840s (465 records), 1850s (1,169 records), 1860s (224 records), 1870s (182 records), 1880s (117 records), 1890s (28 records), 1900s (19 records) and 1910s (3 records).

Other

Salford Police Register of Aliens, 1916-1965, from Manchester Police Museum  (14,364 records) - Introduction;
Manchester Jewry  - City Directories of Traders:
1855 (143 records), 1888 (230 records), 1927 (560 records), 1934 (411 records), with Introduction & Explanation by Ann Rabinowitz.

 

 

On-line Articles and Other Material relating to the
Greater Manchester Jewish Community

on JCR-UK

on third party's website

  • Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Manchester by Joseph Jacobs and Isidore Harris, c-1906.

 

Other Manchester Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

For additional information see Manchester from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain"

Educational & Theological

  • Manchester Jews' School (founded 1838).

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Board of Guardians for the Relief of the Jewish Poor of Manchester (founded 1867) for relief, general and medical; also granting loans without interest and apprenticing Jewish youths.

  • Manchester Hebrew Philanthropic and Loan Society (founded 1825) for giving weekly allowances to persons of the Jewish faith over the age of 60 years and the granting of loans without interest to respectable persons.

  • Manchester Hebrew Sick and Burial Benefit Society (founded 1860) for the relief of members during sickness and week of mourning; payment of funeral, etc.

  • Cracow Benevolent Society (founded by 1874).

  • Manchester Jewish Ladies' Visiting Committee (founded 1884) for visiting the poor and attending to their sanitary condition.

  • Visiting Committee of the Hebrew Congregations of Manchester and Liverpool (founded 1885) for the visitation of Jewish ministers to hospitals, prisons, workhouses, etc.,

  • Manchester Jewish Working Men's Club (founded 1887).

  • Manchester Shechita Board (founded 1890)

  • Manchester Naturalisation Society (founded by 1895) to assist aliens to become naturalised.

  •  Literary and Debating Society (founded by 1896) in connection with the Jewish Working Men's Club.

  •  Manchester Jewish Young Men's Club (founded by 1896)

  • Manchester Jewish Young Men's Religious Association (founded by 1900).

  • Polish Jews' Burial Society (founded by 1900).

  • Manchester Jewish Cricket Club (founded by 1900).

  • Manchester Jewish Tailors', Machinists', and Pressers' Trade Union (founded by 1900).

  • Manchester Jewish Master-Tailors Trade Protection Society (founded by 1900).

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900.  

 

Greater Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Information

Listed below are the cemeteries used by the Manchester Jewish Community. Prior to the purchase of the first cemetery in 1794, Jews who died in Manchester were interred in the burial grounds in Liverpool.

  • Agecroft Jewish Cemetery, Langley Road, Pendlebury, Salford M27.

  • Blackley Jewish Cemetery, Rochdale Road, Blackley, M9: Acquired about 1897 by the Central Synagogue and later also used by the North Manchester Synagogue. (The two synagogues merged in 1978.)

  • Cheadle Jewish Cemetery.

  • Collyhurst Cemetery, Knightley Walk, Miles Platting, M10: 1844 to 1872. Used by breakaway Manchester New Synagogue from 1844 until 1851 and thereafter used mainly for infant burials.

  • Crumpsall Jewish Cemetery, Crescent Road: In use from 1880.

  • Failworth Jewish Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Failworth M35: Acquired in 1919 by the Holy Law & Beth Aaron Synagogue.

  • Manchester Reform Jewish Old Cemetery, Whitefield, M25: 1856 to 1992. Acquired by the Manchester Congregation of British Jew .

  • Miles Platting Jewish Cemetery, Queens Road, Miles Platting: In use from c. 1850 to 1880.

  • Pendleton Jews' Burial Ground, Brindle Heath Road, Salford M6: Manchester's first Jewish cemetery in use from 1794 to 1840.

  • Phillips Park Jewish Cemetery, Miles Platting, M11: 1857 to 1953. Cemetery of the South Manchester Synagogue.

  • Prestwich Village Jews' Burial Ground, Bury New Road  M25: Generally in use from 1841 to 1884, although last burial was in 1914. Shared by the Great Synagogue and the New Synagogue.

  • Rainsough Jewish Cemetery, Rainsough Brow, Butterstile Lane, Preswich M25: Acquired 1923 by the Central Synagogue and later also owed by Higher Broughton Synagogue. Cemetery now shares by almost some ten congregations.

  • Southern Cemetery, Jewish Section, Didsbury M20: Initially used, from 1892, by the Manchester Congregation of British Jews. Later shared with South Manchester Synagogue (from 1924) and the Sephardi community (from 1934) and Whitefield Synagogue (from 1957). Cemetery still currently in use.

  • Urmston Jewish Cemetery, Chapel Grove, M41: Dating fromt 1878. Acquired by the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue and shared from 1891 with the Manchester New Synagogue, with a separate Whitefield Synagogue  Section from 1959.

  • Whitefield Jewish Cemetery, Whitefield, M45: Opened 1931 and still in use. Initially used by Manchester United Synagogue. Later also by Higher Prestwich Hebrew Congregation(from 1957), Whitefield Synagogue (from 1974) and Ultra-Orthodox congregations.

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Manchester)

 

Manchester & District Jewish Population Data
(including Salford)

1851

2,000

(Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain)

1896

15,000

(The Jewish Year Book 1896/97)

1900

22,000

(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)

1905

28,000

(The Jewish Year Book 1906)

1915

30,000

(The Jewish Year Book 1916)

1934

33,000

(The Jewish Year Book 19435)

1955

31,000

(The Jewish Year Book 1956)

1965

28,000

(The Jewish Year Book 1966)

1967

31,500

(The Jewish Year Book 1968)

1990

30,000

(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

1999

27,000

(The Jewish Year Book 2000)

2004

21,733

(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

2006

30,000

(The Jewish Year Book 2007)


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