Plymouth Hebrew Congregation

(Plymouth Synagogue)

Plymouth, Devon




Page created: 2 March 2004
Latest revision or update: 7 May 2017

Plymouth Synagogue
The Synagogue entrance
ęDavid Shulman 2016

The interior, viewed from the Ladies Gallery
ęDavid Shulman 2016

For additional photographs of the Synagogue click here

Congregation Data


Plymouth Hebrew Congregation


Catherine Street (adjoining Guild Hall), Plymouth PL1 2AD

The Plymouth Synagogue is the oldest extant Ashkenazi synagogue still in use in the English speaking world, built 1762.

The synagogue is a Grade II* Listed Building, listed on 25 January 1954 (number 1130015). See Historic England Listing & Description.

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Ashkenazi Orthodox

Branch Congregations:

There were two offshoot congregations that functioned as branches of Synagogue:


See List of Religious Officials of Plymouth Synagogue

Marriage Certification:

Worship Number: 21598
Registration District: Plymouth, since 1 July 1837.

Membership Data:

1845 - 19 ba'alai batim and 33 seatholders (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)

1851 - 150 appropriated seats, 205 individual members (C. Roth, The Rise of Provincial Jewry)

1852 - 52 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1860 - 52 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1870 - 40 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1880 - 41 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1890 - 50 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1898 - 70 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1898/9)

1899 - 66 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900/1)

1900-  72 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1905 - 70 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1906)

191980 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1920)

1946 - 115 members (Jewish Year Book 1947)

1999 - 72 members (Board of Deputies)


There are two Jewish cemeteries in Plymouth - the Plymouth Hoe Old Jews' Burial Ground Jewish and Gifford Place Jewish Cemetery - (see Plymouth Jewish Cemetery Information)


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Plymouth Synagogue

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(The following are available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive)

See also the Plymouth Jewish Community home page for additional on-line articles and other material relating to this congregation as well as to the Plymouth Jewish Community generally,

Plymouth Jewish Community home page

Jewish Congregations in Devon

Jewish Communities of England home page



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