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Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

(Singers Hill Synagogue)

Birmingham, West Midlands

 

 

   
 


Page created: 2 March 2004
Latest update or revision: 1 August 2017


Singers Hill Synagogue, May 2013
David Shulman 2013

Congregation Data

Official Name:

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

Alternative Name:

Singers Hill Synagogue

Address:

Singers Hill, 26 Blucher Street, Ellis Street, Birmingham B1 1HL (often referred to as the "Cathedral Synagogue" - a Grade II Listed Building)

Current Status:

Active

Date Formed:

Synagogue built and consecrated 24 September 1856 (reconstructed and rededicated 29 August 1937).

It replaced the Seven Street Synagogue and the rival congregation established in Wrottesley Street

Ritual:

Ashkenazi Orthodox

Web Site:

http://www.singershill.com/

Ministers & Officers:

See lists below

Membership Data:

1845 - 83 ba'alai batim and 99 seatholders (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)

1851 - 300 appropriated seats and 679 individuals (ibid.)

1852 - 116 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1860 - 262 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1870 - 330 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1880 - 418 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1890 - 511 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1896 - 560 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896/7)

1898 - 612 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1898/9)

1900 - 620 seatholders (Board of Deputies return);

     or   611 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1901)

1999 - 650 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

Cemetery Information:

See Birmingham Jewish Cemeteries Information on Birmingham Jeish Community home page

 


Synagogue interior (from 1963 booklet issued by the Congregation)

 


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The records in the database specifically relating to this Congregation include:

Communal Leaders

Jewish Directory for 1874  (22 records).

 

On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

on JCR-UK

 

Congregational Records

Registration District (BDM):

  • Birmingham (since 1 October 1932) - Register Office website

  • Previous Registration Districts:
    From 1 October 1924 until 1 October 1932 - Birmingham divided into two registration districts: Birmingham South and Birmingham North.
    From founding of Congregation to 1 October 1924 - Birmingham
    (All registers would now be held by current office.)

  • Worship Number: 30805

Synagogue Records:

Minutes of the Congregation - 1825-1912 held by Birmingham Central library

 

Ministers and Officers

Chief Ministers
(list not complete):

For ministers of the Congregation prior to the consecration
of Singers Hill Synagogue, see under earlier congregations

Rev. A. Pereira Mendes - 1853 to 1858(i)

Rev. George Joseph Emanuel, B.A. - 1863 to 1904(ii)

Rev. Dr. Abraham Cohen, M.A. - 1913 to 1949(iii)

Rev. Dr. Chaim Pearl, M.A. - 1949 to 1960(iv)

Rev. Sidney Gold, B.A. - 1960 to 1985(v)

Rev. D. Harel - c.1986(vi)

Rabbi Leonard L. Tann, M.A. - 1986 to 2007(vii)

Rabbi Yossi Jacobs - 2008 to present (July 2017)(viii)

Other Rabbis or Readers (incomplete list):

Rev. Lewis Chapman - First Reader - 1831 to 1872 (ix)

Rev. M. Hollander - Second Reader - c.1874(x)

Rev. J. Fink - Reader - at least 1906 until c.1920s(xi)

Rev. B.M. Alperowitz - Reader - at least 1916 until c.1920s(xii)

Rev. Boyars - Reader - c.1930(xiii)

Rev. S.I. Solomons, B.A. - Reader - at least 1930 until c.1939 and thereafter Assistant Minister until c.1949(xiv)

Rev. Chaim Pearl - Assistant Minister - 1945 to 1949(xv)

Rev. W. Lewi - Reader - c.1947 to c.1964(xvi)

Rev. R.S. Brookes - Assistant Minister - at least 1952 to c.1979(xvii)

Rev. M. Katz - Reader - c.1968(xviii)

Rev. S. Forscher - Reader- c.1971(xix)

Rev. S. Brickman - Reader - c.1975 to 1981(xx)

Rev. H. Black - Reader - c.1989 to c.1991(xxi)

Presidents of the Congregation
to 1952
(list not complete):

Jacob Phillips - c.1856(xxii)

B. H. Joseph - c.1896(xxiii)

D. Hollander - c.1906(xxiv)

I.L. Jacobs - c.1910 to c.1920s(xxv)

E.P. Hollander - c.1930(xxvi)

Oscar Deutsch - c.1935 to c.1939(xxvii)

Ivan Shortt - c.1947 to c.1950(xxviii)

Chairman of the Council
1930 to 1952
(list not complete):

B. Silverston M.A. LLM. - c.1935 to c1939(xxix)

Joseph Cohen - c. 1947 to c.1952(xxx)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above) ..

  • (i) Birmingham Jewry, More Aspects 1740-1930, editor Z. Josephs, p.14. Rev. Mendes acted as Minister Secretary & Headmaster. He was Minister at the time of the consecration of the synagogue.

  • (ii) 1863 is the date given in "The History of the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation (1829 - 1914)" - Birmingham Jewry , More Aspects 1740-1930, editor Z. Josephs, p.14. However, a not appearing in Jewish Year Books 1947-1952 give the term of office as 1865 to 1904. Furthermore, he was still being referred to (apparently incorrectly) as minister in the Jewish Year Book 1910.

  • (iii) Rev. Cohen (1887-1957), born in Reading, was Chairman of the Board of Deputies from 1949 to 1955 and editor of the Soncino Books of the Bible. The dates shown here are based the inscription on his gravestone at Witton Jewish Cemetery, Birmingham. The masters degree and doctorate were obtained during his term of office.

  • (iv) Rev. Pearl (1919-1995), born in Liverpool, died in Jerusalem, was previously Assistant Minister of the Congregation, 1945-1949. After leaving Birmingham he was appointed Minister of The New West End Synagogue, London, 1960-1964. He moved to the United States in 1964, was ordained as a Rabbi and became Rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue Riverdale, New York City, 1964-1980. The masters degree and doctorate were obtained during his term of office in Birmingham. Prabook biography, accessed July 2017.

  • (v) Rev. Gold (1919-2012), born in London, died in Birmingham, was previously Minister of Highgate, Belsize Park and Bayswater Synagogues. He moved to Bournemouth on leaving the Congregation, returning in 2009.

  • (vi) Based on listing in Jewish Year Book 1986.

  • (vii) Rabbi Tann (1945-2007), born in London, died in office in Birmingham, was previously Minister of Sutton Synagogues, 1972-1982, and Hale Synagogue, Manchester, 1982-1986 - Jewish Year Book biography.

  • (viii) Congregation's website.

  • (ix) Birmingham Jewry , More Aspects 1740-1930, editor Z. Josephs, p.16. However he still appears as second reader in the Jewish Directory for 1874, by Asher I. Myers. He died in 1877.

  • (x) Jewish Directory for 1874, by Asher I. Myers.

  • (xi) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1906 through 1920, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1916 through 1920, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xiii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 1930, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xiv) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1930 through 1949, and may also have been listed in earlier editions.

  • (xv) See Note (iv).

  • (xvi) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1947 through 1964, and may also have been listed in earlier editions.

  • (xvii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1952 through 1979, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xviii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 1968, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xix) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 1971, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xx) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1975 through 1981, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xxi) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1989 through 1991, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xxii) The President at the time of the consecration of the synagogue - Congregation's Centenary Celebration brochure, 1956, p.3.

  • (xxiii) Based upon listing in first Jewish Year Book 1896, and may also have been listed in later editions.

  • (xxiv) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 1906, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xxv) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1910 through 1920, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xxvi) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 1930, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xxvii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1935 through 1939, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xxviii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1947 through 1952, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xxix) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1947 through 1952, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

  • (xxx) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1947 through 1952, and may also have been listed in earlier and later editions.

 

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