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Epsom Synagogue

Epsom and Ewell, Surrey




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Press Reports relating to the Epsom Synagogue

Compiled by Harold Pollins

Jewish Chronicle, 30 May 1941, page 25

“It will interest readers living in Epsom, Ewell, or district that regular services have been established  at Epsom. The first was held on Saturday last at a private house and was attended by 15 people. Future services will be held at Church House, Church Street, Epsom, on Saturday mornings at 9.30. On Shavuot services will be held on Saturday evening at 9, on Sunday morning at 9.15, and evening at 9, and on Monday morning at 9.15. - H.L. LEHMANN, “Cranmere”, Woodcote Rd., Epsom, Surrey.”

Jewish Chronicle, 22 August 1941, page 4

Church House, Church-street (by courtesy of the Parish Church Authority), Epsom, Surrey.
Hon. Officers will be in attendance for the letting of seats Sundays 10 a.m.tp 12 noon, at the above address, and Wednesdays, 6.30 to 9 p.m., at “Cranmere”. Woodcote-road, Epsom. ‘Phone: Epsom 1150.”

Jewish Chronicle, 27 July 1945, page 4

High Festival Services of Epsom and District Synagogue. All Communications to Rabbi Dr. Holzer, 26 Worple Road, Epsom, Surrey. (Epsom 1383.)”

Jewish Chronicle, 13 September 1946, page 14

Holy-day Services will be held at the Lecture Hall, Upper High Street, Epsom. All communications to 26 Worple Road, Epsom. (Epsom 1381.)”

Jewish Chronicle, 2 February 1951, page 22

More than 60 people attended the first meeting of the Epsom and District Synagogue Ladies’ Guild held recently.”

Jewish Chronicle, 29 October 1954, page 21

Former Baptist Chapel
The Epsom and District Synagogue was recently consecrated by Dayan Dr. M. Lew.
The synagogue, at Prospect Place, was formerly a Baptist chapel and renovations were undertaken by members of the community in a voluntary capacity.
The consecration was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell, and the Vicar of Epsom. Dayan Dr. Lew referred to the hospitality of the Gentile clergy who had helped the Epsom community to find accommodation for their services in the past.
Regular services on Sabbaths and Holy-days have been held at Epsom since May, 1941, and religious instruction has been given to the children.”

Jewish Chronicle, 22 May 1992, page 13

Obituary of Dr Hans Lehmann, aged 84.
“…the minuscule Epsom Jewish community has suffered a grievous loss.  He kept alive the synagogue, located in an 18th-century Baptist chapel, regardless of how he was supported by other congregants.” Reference to “Despite the community’s decline after the Second  World War.”

Jewish Chronicle, 2 July 1993 [no pagination]

[In a section relating to four United Synagogue communities merging with other congregations’]
“Plans are … under way to merge Epsom Synagogue with Sutton some four miles away. Male membership at Epsom Synagogue has dwindled to nine and total membership numbers only 13. Formal services ended last summer. Sutton secretary Leonard Gooblar said that some Epsom members had begun to attend Sutton services last year.”

[Jewish Chronicle, 3 September 1993, page 4.

Advert for United Synagogue services includes Epsom Synagogue. Probably an error]

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