Hull Hebrew Congregation

Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire



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The entrance to the Synagogue

Congregation Data


Hull Hebrew Congregation


30 Pryme Street, Anlaby, Hull HU10 6SH.(ii) The synagogue was opened by Chief Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks on 2 April 1995.(iii)

Date Formed:

Formed in 1994 - by the amalgamation of the Hull's Western Synagogue, the Hull Old Hebrew Congregation and the Hull Judeans Maccabi Association.(iv)

Current Status:



Ashkanazi Orthodox


In March 2021, it was announced that the congregation was to join the United Synagogue,(v) becoming only the third Provincial syngogue to join the organisation. Previously the congregation had been unaffiliated but under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi.




(To view a short profile of a minister known to have served other UK congregations - name in blue - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi Shalom Osdoba (and Rebbetzen Sarah Osdoba) - from 1995 until October 2011.(vii)

Rabbi Naftoli Lifschitz (and Rebbetzen Shayna Lifschitz) (part-time) - from September 2012 until 2019(viii)

Rabbi Eli Denderowicz (and Rebbetzen Sorele Denderowicz) (part-time) - 2019 to present (March 2021)(ix)


The congregation's monthly newsletter, "Pryme News", was first published in 1995.(xi)

Membership Data:


1999 - 350 (as reported by Board of Deputies)

2008 - 160 (Community Records)

Reports & Surveys(xii)

1996 - 269 members (comprising 91 households, 65 individual male and 113 individual female members)

2010 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)

Charitable Status

The congregation is an unincorporated association, governed by its Constitution, adopted in 1 March 1994, as amended i27 June 2004. It is a also registered charity (registered charity no. 1035451), registered on 23 March 1904.(xiii)


For details, see Cemeteries Information on the Hull Jewish Community home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) Jewish Year Books from 1995 and congregation's website, last accessed 30 April 2020.

  • (iii) The History of Hull's Orthodox Synagogues (2000) by Elliot Oppel ("Oppel's History"), p.x.

  • (iv) Trustees' Report filed with Charities Commission, generally clause 3.

  • (v) Jewish Chronicle report of 10 March 2021 and Jewish News report of 10 March 2021.

  • (vi) Reserved.

  • (vii) Jewish Chronicle article of 17 June 2011 entitled "Struggling Hull lays off long-time minister". According to the article, Chabad Rabbi Obsoba, who was made redundant for financial reasons, had been in Hull 18 years, accordingly commencing in 1993, some two years prior to the formation of the congregation, possibly serving one of the predecessor congregations. As a result, the community was without a full-time rabbi for the first time in its history.

  • (viii) Jewish Chronicle article of 10 December 2012 entitled "Entering the Hull of fame".

  • (ix) Congregation's website, last accessed 4 February 2021.

  • (x) Reserved.

  • (xi) Oppel's History, p.43.

  • (xii) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (xiii) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and open charities website, both accessed 30 April 2020.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this congregation

  • Annual Financial Statements and Trustees' Reports filed with the Charities Commission (pdf):


Hull Jewish Community home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the East Riding of Yorkshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 12 December 2005
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 28 April 2020
Latest revision or update: 14 March 2021

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