Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation

Gatley, Cheadle

Greater Manchester





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 Congregation Data


Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation(iii)


Coniston Road, Gatley, Cheadle, SK8 4AP(iv)

The foundation stones were laid in about 1966 (see undated press report, with photograph, of the ceremony of the unveiling of the stones.(v))

Previous Addresses:

"Chasely", 62 Gatley Road, Cheadle
This house, for use as a synagogue, was purchased in January 1963 for £8,200.(vi)

Current Status:



The congregation was founded in January 1963 with the purchase of the house on Gatley Road (see above).


Ashkenazi Orthodox


None, but the congregation is under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi.

Incorporated Congregation:

In 1966, the Stockport Hebrew Congregation merged with the Yeshurun congregation, as so many of its members had moved to the Cheadle and Gatley area.(vii)



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Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz B.A. - from 1965 until 1976(xi)

Rabbi Benyamin Rabinowitz B.A. - from 1976 until 1980(xii)

Rabbi Dr. Alan Unterman - from 1981 until 2003(xiii)

(Rabbi Daniel S. Kerbel - from about 1999 until about 2001(xiv))

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz (& Rebbetzen Bianca Kanterovitz) - from about 2004 until 2013(xv)

(Rabbi Benjamin Rickman - interim rabbi from September 2013 until April 2014)(xvi)

Rabbi Chanan Atlas (& Rebbetzen Nechama Atlas) - from 2014 until 2019(xvii)

Rabbi Greg Bank (& Rebbetzen Hannah Bank) - from November 2019 until present (July 2022)(xviii)

Readers (Cantors):

Rev. Mordechai Berkowitz - dates uncertain(xix)

Rev. Michael R. Isdale - from about 1999 until about 2002(xx)

Rev. Daniel Rosenthal - dates uncertain but probably about early 2010s(xxi)

Membership Data:

Reports & Surveys(xxv)

1977 - 266 male (or household) members and 36 female members

1983 - 290 male (or household) members and 60 female members

1990 - 421 members (comprising 260 households, 68 individual male and 93 individual female members)

1996 - 361 members (comprising 275 households, 25 individual male and 63 individual female members)

2010 - listed as having 400 to 499 members (by household)

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

Charitable Status

The congregation is an unincorporated association, governed by its Constitution, adopted in 1963 and last amended in 2017. It is a also registered charity (registered charity no. 1124560), registered on 31 March 1965.(xxvi)

Local Government District:

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

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

From 1889 to 1974, the locality was in the urban district of Cheadle and Gateley, in the county of Cheshire.

Registration District (BMD):

Stockport(xxvii) - Link to Register Office website.

Worship Number: 24446


See Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Information on Manchester Jewish Community home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) and (ii) Reserved.

  • (iii) "Yeshurun" is a poetic name for Israel and is found in the Hebrew Bible, appearing most frequently (3 times) in the book of Deuteronomy. It is generally considered to be derived from a root word meaning straight, upright or just.

  • (iv) Congregation's websie, last accessed 8 April 2020.

  • (v) The press report was provided by a member of Rabinovitz family.

  • (vi) Congregation's websie, accessed 7 April 2020.

  • (vii) Congregation's website accessed 7 April 2020, and also referred to in the undated press report, mentioned above. Although the Stockton congregation continued to be listed in Jewish Year Books until 1975, this appears to have been an error. In fact, the data provided for Stockport in the Jewish Year Books from 1965 through 1975 remained totally unchanged throughout that period, an indication that the previous year's data was merely being repeated without knowledge that the congregation had become defunct.

  • (viii) to (x) Reserved.

  • (xi) Based upon Rabbi E.S. Rabinowitz's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1966 through 1976 and letter of 28 August 1964 regarding his appointment. Rabbi Rabinowitz was succeeded by his son.

  • (xii) Based upon Rabbi B. Rabinowitz's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1977 through 1980.

  • (xiii) Rabbi Unterman is listed as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1984 through 2007 (in 1984 and 1985, without the title rabbi; 2000 and 2001, jointly with Rabbi Kerbel; and from 2005 through 2007, jointly with Rabbi Kanterovitz). There were no ministers listed for the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1981 through 1983.

  • (xiv) Based upon Rabbi Kerbel's listing as minister of the congregation (jointly with Rabbi Unterman) in Jewish Year Books 2000 and 2001. He and Rabbi Rickman are the only ministers listed here not to be mentioned on the congregation's website, accessed 7 April 2020.

  • (xv) Based upon Rabbi Kanterovitz's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 2005 through 2014 (in 2005 through 2007 jointly with Rabbi Dr. Unterman). There were no ministers listed for the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1984 through 1985.

  • (xvi) Based upon Rabbi Rickman's LinkedIn biography, accessed 7 July 2020).

  • (xvii) Based upon Rabbi Atlas's LinkedIn biography, accessed 8 April 2020).

  • (xviii) Rabbi Bank's profile on congregation's website, last accessed July 2022.

  • (xix) Jolles's Encyclopaedia, 1st edition, September 2021.

  • (xx) Based upon Rev. Isdale's listing as reader of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 2000 through 2002.

  • (xxi) According to Jewish Chronicle reports, Rev. Rosenszeig provided cantorial services for the congregation on a non-contract basis.

  • (xxii) to (xxiv) Reserved.

  • (xxv) 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.

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

  • (xxvii) 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.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this 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: 7 April 2020
Latest revision or update: 31 July 2022

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