Sephardi Congregation of South Manchester

(Shaare Hayim Synagogue)

West Didsbury, Manchester




Page created: 16 October 2007
Latest revision or update: 2 July 2017

Congregation Data


Sephardi Congregation of South Manchester

Alternative Name:

Sha'are Hayim Synagogue (translation - "Gates of Life")


8 Queenston Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2WZ (i)

The synagogue was designated a Grade II Listed Building (number 1246274) on 5 October 1988 (most recent amendment 6 June 1994). View description on Historic England website.

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


Formed in about 1997(ii) by amalgamation of:

Withington Congregation of Spanish and Portuguese Jews
of 8 Queenston Road (formerly Queen's Road until 1970's), West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2WZ

Previously at Mauldeth Road, Withington, Manchester M20, until 1926/7.(iii)

Sha'are Sedek Synagogue
(translation - "Gates of Righteous" Synagogue)
of Old Lansdowne Road (also known as Lansdowne Road), West Didsbury, Manchester M20 8NZ (iv) 

Founded 1904

Founded 1924 (a breakaway from the Withington Congregation)

Membership Data:

1915 - 55 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1916)
1919 - 120 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1920)


Current Status:



Sephardi - South Manchester was predominently Western Sephardic whereas Shaare Rahamim had an Eastern Sephardic or oriental tradition, with congregants mainly of Aleppan and Baghdadi origin. Followuing the merger, the congregation alternate between and combine the various Sephardic traditions and melodies.


Rabbi Shlomo Ellituv - from 1997 merger to present (February 2017), having previously served as minister of Sha'are Sedek Synagogue from 1977.

Marriage Certification:

Registration District: Manchester

Local Authority:

West Didsbury and Withington are in the metropolitan borough of the City of Manchester, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester (which no longer has any administrative powers).

From 1889 to 1974, the localities were in the county borough of Manchester (a unitary authority), geographically (although not administratively) within the county of Lancashire.

Cemetery Information:

For cemetery details, 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), p. 155, includes a description of the synagogue building at 8 Queenston Road.

  • (ii) Based upon memo on marriage register of Shaare Zedek Synagogue dated 29 June 1997, referring to the "disuse" of the Synagogue.

  • (iii) Manchester Jewry - A Pictorial History 1799-1988 by Bill Williams, pp. 81/2 (Also pp 59 & 94 refer to Congregation)

  • (iv) Jewish Heritage in England - An Architectural Guide by Sharman Kadish (2006), pp. 155/6, includes a description of the synagogue building at Old Lansdowne Road.


Other Material relating to this Congregation


  • Manchester Bibliography, which includes:

    • The Sephardim of Manchester: Pedigree and Pioneers by L Collins in collaboration with M. Bierbrier, 2006. (Published by Shaare Hayim, the Sephardi Congregation of South Manchester.)

    • Other publications, including those referred to in the footnotes to above Congregation Data, which make reference to this congregation.


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 Manchester (metropolitan borough)

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page


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