South Manchester Synagogue

Bowdon, Altringham, Greater Manchester




Page created: 2 March 2002
Latest revision or update: 6 March 2017

Congregation Data(i)


South Manchester Synagogue

Alternative Name:

South Manchester Hebrew Congregation


The Firs, Bowden, Altrincham, WA14 2TE

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

Former Address:

Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6JS(ii) (built 1912/13 and used until 2002, in 2003 it became a residential students centre). The building was designated a Grade II Listed Building (number 1254890) on 3 October 1974. View description on Historic England website.

Previously Sydney Street, Osford Street, All Saints, Manchester (from 1873)

Prior to then, services were held at 58 Upper Brook Street Manchester, and has previously been held at Chorlton Town Hall.

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


A provincial synagogue under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi.




Rabbi Dovid Lewis - 2011 to present (February 2017)

Rabbi Yitzchok Rubin

Rabbi Felix Falk Carlebach - 1947 to 1984

Local Authority:

Altrincham is in the south of the metropolitan borough of Trafford, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester (which no longer has any administrative powers). 

Until its incorporation into Trafford in 1974, Altrincham was in the county of Cheshire, and had the status of  a municipal borough from 1935, and was previously an urban district from 1894.

Fallowfield was in the county borough of Manchester which became the metropolitan borough of the City of Manchester in 1974.

Membership Data:

1996 -   85 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896/97)
1905 -   75 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1906)
1915 - 125 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1916)
1999 - 525 members (Board of Deputies)

Cemetery Information:

The cemeteries used by this congregation include the Phillips Park Jewish Cemetery, Miles Platting, owned by the congregation and in use from from 1857 until closed in 1953, and the Southern Cemetery, Jewish Section, Didsbury, of which the congregation shared use from 1924 and which is still in use.
For additional cemetery details, see Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Information on Manchester Jewish Community home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) See also Manchester Jewry - A Picture history 1788-1988 by Bill Williams (1988). pp. 2, 22.

  • (ii) Jewish Heritage in England - An Architectural Guide by Sharman Kadish (2006), pp. 154/5, includes a description of the synagogue building at Wilbraham Road.


On-line Articles and Other Material relating to the thus congregtion


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


Congregational Records

At Manchester Register Office:

At Manchester Archives and Local Studies

  • 1936-1966 - Membership lists acc/ 3121/DO2 (LMA Ref: 100)

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

Jewish Congregations in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford

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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