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Liverpool New Hebrew Congregation

Hope Place Synagogue

Liverpool, Mersyside




Page created: 22 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 7 May 2017

Congregation Data


Liverpool New Hebrew Congregation, from 1857 often referred to as Hope Place Synagogue (or Hope Place Hebrew Congregation).

Last Address:

Hope Place, Liverpool, from 1857 to 1937 (now the site of the Unity Theatre).

Previous Addresses:

The congregation initially established a synagogue in a warehouse on Hanover Street and subsequently in a building on Pilgrim Street / Hardman Street, until the construction of a purpose-built synagogue at Hope Place in 1857

Date Founded:

Founded in 1842, as a breakaway congregation from Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation.

Branch Congregation:

In 1928, 321 Smithdown Road, Sefton Park, in the suburbs, was acquired as a place of Hebrew Education and the Congregation subsequently began holding religious services there, which became known as the Sefton Park Hebrew Congregation .


By the mid 1920s Liverpool's Jewish population had began to move away from the city centre to the wealthier suburbs (in particular Sefton Park) and fewer members of the congregation lived within walking distance of Hope Place.
The Congregation established school classes in the Sefton Park area and began looking for a new site to build a new synagogue in the suburbs.

Current Status:

In 1937 the congregation moved to, and was incorporated within, the newly built Greenbank Drive Synagogue


Orthodox - Ashkenazi

Marriage Certification:

Worship Number: 8118
Registration District: Liverpool

Membership Data:

1845 - 58 ba'ale batim and 12 seatholders (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)

1852 - 75 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1860 - 86 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1870 - 117 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1880 - 143 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1890 - 157 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1896 - 130 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896-7)

1900 - 152 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900-1, Board of Deputies return)

Cemetery Information:

The Congregation used Green Lane Cemetery until 1921 and thereafter the Long Lane Cemetery. See Liverpool Jewish Cemeteries Information on Liverpool Jewish Community home page


On-line Articles and Other Material relating to

Liverpool New Hebrew Congregation - Hope Place Synagogue



Congregational Records

At Liverpool Records Office:

  • 1885-1965*: minute books, Ladies' Guild minute books, annual reports and papers. (ref: 3168, 3178; NRA catalogue reference: NRA 30751 Liverpool Greenbank)

  • 1878-20th century: records (ref: Acc 4893, 5482).

  • 18th-20th century: minutes and accounts, deeds relating to Green Lane Cemetery (ref: Acc 5713)

* includes successor congregation

Liverpool Jewish Community home page

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