Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue

(Congregation of Spanish & Portuguese Jews)

Salford, Greater Manchester




Page created: 18 October 2007
Latest revision or update: 2 July 2017

Congregation Data


Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
Congregation of Spanish & Portuguese Jews

Alternative Name:

Sha'are Tephillah Synagogue (translation - "Gates of Prayer")


18 Moor Lane, Kersal, Salford M7 3WX

(The congregation is considered part of the "North Manchester" Jewish community.)

Former Address:

190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LW(i) (From 1873/4 until 1983).  (The first Sephardi synagogue in the UK built outside London.)

 The building was designated a Grade II* Listed Building (number 1208472) on 3 October 1974 (most recent amendment 6 June 1994). View description on Historic England website.

In 1984, the building reopened as the Manchester Jewish Museum. (Website: http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com)

The congregation used temporary premises at 78 York Street, Cheetham, until the above building was ready for use in 1874.

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Sephardi (Spanish & Portuguese rite)

Local Authority:

Kersal is in Salford, in the metropolitan borough of the City of Salford, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester (which no longer has any administrative powers).

Prior to its move to Moor Lane, the congregation was in the metropolitan borough of the City of Manchester, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester.

From 1889 to 1974, both the Cities of Manchester and Salford were county boroughs  (unitary authorities) geographically (although not administratively) within the county of Lancashire.

Cemetery Information:

The Urmston Jewish Cemetery, Chapel Grove, M41 was acquired by the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue in 1878. For further information, see Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Information on Manchester Jewish Community home page

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Heritage in England - An Architectural Guide by Sharman Kadish (2006), pp. 143/5, includes a detailed description of the interior and exterior of former synagoue building at 190 Cheetham Hill Road


On-line Articles and Other Material relating to this Congregation


  • The conference paper on "Manchester" from Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain includes information on this Congregation.

  • Manchester Bibliography, which includes:

    • History of the Manchester Congregation of Spanish & Portuguese Jews, 5633-5683 (1873-1923) by B. R. Pereira and J. P. Mendoza, 1923 (published by the Congregation).

    • Supplement on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the consecration of the Synagogue, 5709-1949, 1949, 1998. (published by the Congregation)

    • World War One and the Manchester Sephardim by B. Jeuda, 2014.

    • Other publications, including those referred to in the footnotes to above Congregation Data.


Congregational Records

At Manchester Register Office and Board of Deputies:

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

List of Sephardi Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the City of Salford (metropolitan borough)

Jewish Congregations in the City of Manchester (metropolitan borough)

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page


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