Hale and District Hebrew Congregation

Hale Barns, Greater Manchester





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 Congregation Data


Hale and District Hebrew Congregation


11 Shay Lane, Hale Barns, Cheshire, WA15 8NZ
(purchased 1978, rebuilt 2002-2003)

Previous Addresses:

Jubilee Rooms, The Firs, Bowden, until about 1978.(iii)

Current Status:



The congregation was established in 1976 or 1977.(iv)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Congregation is unaffiliated, but is a provincial congregation under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi.



(To view a short profile of a minister - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz B.A. - from 1980 until 1982(viii)

Rev. Lawrence Leonard Tann - from 1982 until 1986(ix)

Rabbi Joel N. Portnoy (& Ruthie Portnoy) - from about 1986 until May 2019(x)

Rabbi Yisroel Binstock (& Leanne Binstock) - from 2019 until present (April 2020)(xi)

Membership Data:

Reports & Surveys(xv)

1983 - 118 male (or household) members and 18 female members

1990 - 221 members (comprising 177 households and 44 individual female members)

1996 - 255 members (comprising 211 households and 44 individual male members)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 300 to 399 members (by household)

Legal and Charitable Status

The congregation is an unincorporated association, governed by Declaration of Trust dated 10 January 1978, as amended by a Scheme dated 20 December 2002, and amended 20 May 2009. It is a registered charity (registered charity no. 506820), registered on 31 January 1978.(xvi)

Local Government District:

The congregation is considered part of the "South Manchester" Jewish community.

Hale Barns is in the extreme south-east of the metropolitan borough of Trafford (within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester, which no longer has any administrative powers).

From 1900 to 1974, Hale Barns was part of the Hale Urban District within the county of Cheshire.

Registration District (BMD):

Trafford(xvii) - Link to Register Office website.


The congregation uses the Jewish section of the Dunham Lawn Cemetery, Whitehouse Lane, Dunham-Massey.

There is an independent burial scheme for members of the congregation who pay an annual burial fees.(xviii)

For additional information, see Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Information on Manchester Jewish Community home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) The Shay Lane address first appears in Jewish Year Book 1980 and remains the address as per the congregation's website, last accessed 8 April 2020.

  • (iii) This was the address given on the first listing of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book 1979.

  • (iv) Although all Jewish Yaer Books from 1979 state that the congregation was established in 1976, the Congregation's websie, accessed 8 April 2020, stated that the congregation was founded in 1977.

  • (v) to (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Based upon letter from congregation with a "call" to Rabbi Rabinowitz to become the congregation's minister and information provided by a family member. Rabbi Rabinowitz was listed as minister of the congregation solely in the Jewish Year Books 1979 and there were no ministers listed for the congregation in the editions from 1980 through 1982.

  • (ix) Based upon Rev (later Rabbi) Tann's Who's Who listing in the Jewish Year Books to 2008.

  • (x) Based upon Rabbi Portnoy's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1989 through 2015 (the last year of publication) and the congregation's annual report for the year ended 31 March 2019.

  • (xi) Jewish Chronicle report of 18 July 2018 on Rabbi Binstock's upcoming appointment.

  • (xii) to (xiv) Reserved.

  • (xv) 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.

  • (xvi) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and open charities website, both accessed 8 April 2020.

  • (xvii) The former Registration District was North East Cheshire, from 1 April 1937 until 1 April 1974. All registers would now be held by current register office.

  • (xviii) Congregation's website, accessed 8 April 2020.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation


  • Press Cutting relating to Congregation

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

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

Jewish Congregations in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 2 March 2005
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 8 April 2020
Latest revision or update: 12 April 2020

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