Clapton Federation Synagogue

Sha'are Shomayim

Clapton, London E.5.




Page created: 7 November 2006
Latest revision or update: 1 June 2017

Congregation Data


Clapton Federation Synagogue

Alternative Name:

Sha'are Shomayim Synagogue (translation: "Gates of Heaven")

Former Names:

Clapton Synagogue and Talmud Torah


The Congregation holds services at 202 Upper Clapton Road, Upper Clapton, London E5 9DH, which is the address of Springfield Synagogue, with which the Congregation is "in association"(i).
(202B Upper Clapton Road was the address of the Ohel Moshe Beth Hamedrash from about 1992 until about 2005).

(Location:  Upper Clapton Road is a half mile section of the A107 running through Upper Clapton, north from Lower Clapton Road to Clapton Common.)

The North London district of Upper Clapton, together with adjacent Stamford Hill (to its west) and some adjoining areas, includes the largest concentration of Haredi Jews in Europe.

Former Address:

The Congregation's address until 2005 was 47 Lea Bridge Road, Clapton, London E5 9QB, the Synagogue being demolished in 2006, despite attempts to have the building listed. The synagogue was built in 1931/2.(ii)

(The Congregation was not listed in the Jewish Year Books 2006 through 2008 but reappeared in the Jewish Year Book 2009.)

(Location: Lea Bridge Road (A104) runs northeast for some 2.8 miles from the southern end of Upper Clapton Road to Upper Walthamstow. The lower (western) section of Lea Bridge Road forms the boundary between Upper and Lower Clapton.)

Current Status:

The Congregation is still active, although it has not had its own building since 2005.

Date Formed:

Founded in 1919

Incorporated Congregation:

Yavneh Synagogue (after 1991)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


The congregation remains a constituent congregation of the Federation of Synagogues, having previously been an affiliated congregation.

Local Government Districts:

The North London districts of Upper and Lower Clapton are in the London Borough of Hackney, an Inner London Borough created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

They were 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 District:

Since 1 July 1837 - Hackney

Cemetery Information:

To search burial records, see Edmonton and Rainham Federation Cemeteries.

For further details, see Cemeteries of the Federation of Synagogues (IAJGS Cemetery Project).

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Year Books from 2009.

  • (ii) The archirect was Marcus Kenneth Glass, who had also designed the Sunderland Ryhope Road and Newcastle Jesmond synagogues in similar style. Jewish Heritage in England, An Arcitectural Guide by Sharman Kadish (2006) p. 31 includes a description of the Synagogue


On-line Articles and Other Material relating to this Congregtion


on Third party websites

Street Directory of Synagogues in Stamford Hill, Clapton and Neighbourhood

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Hackney

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

Greater London home page

List of Congregations of the Federation of Synagogues



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