the former

Macclesfield Hebrew Congregation

(Macclesfield United Synagogue Membership Group)

Macclesfield, Cheshire



Page created: 10 November 2005
Latest revision or update: 29 June 2017

Town of Macclesfield, Cheshire

Macclesfield (population 50,000), a town in north-west England close to the border of Greater Manchester, is situated on the river Bollin, a tributary of the river Mersey.  Since 1 April 2009, Macclesfield has been part of Cheshire East, a unitary authority with borough status within the now purely ceremonial county of Cheshire. From 1974 to 2009, Macclesfield (which during such period included the town of Wilmslow) was a local government district and borough in Cheshire. Prior to 1974, Macclesfield was a municipal borough within the county of Cheshire.

62 Chestergate, which housed the former Macclesfield Synagogue on the second floor
(from the cover of "Macclesfield's Jews and World War Two" - Basil Jeuda)

Macclesfield Jewish Community

The Jewish community in Macclesfield was formed in the early 1940s, primarily by Jews evacuated from London during World War II, supplemented by Jewish refugees who had escaped from Nazi persecution in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Belgium. Within twelve months following the end of the War, most of the congregants' families had returned to London.

Congregation Data


Macclesfield Hebrew Congregation, also known as

Macclesfield United Synagogue Membership Group


First floor, 62 Chestergate (now Charles Roe House), Macclesfield, SK11 6DY.

(Services held until 1941 in a cottage in Elizabeth Street, Macclesfield).


The Congregation was formally established (primarily by evacuees from London) following a public meeting on 27 January 1941.

Current Status:

Closed. The last service to be held in the synagogue was in October 1946 (but High Holy Day services continued to be held, in the home Mr. Harold Franklin, until 1953).


The Congregation became affiliated to the United Synagogue in June 1941 and, in September 1941, it became a United Synagogue Membership Group. (These groups were formed during World War II primarily by evacuees from London, and Macclesfield was the only such group not in the South of England or the Home Counties around London.)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Rabbi Dr. Rudolf Weis - 1941 to 1942

Rev. Irving Chazen - 1942 to 1946



There is no Jewish cemetery in Macclesfield.


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List of United Synagogue Membership Groups

Jewish Congregations in Cheshire

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