South Shields Hebrew Congregation

& Jewish Community

South Tyneside, Tyne & Wear



Page created: 6 March 2004
Latest revision or update: 25 December 2016

Town of South Shields

The port of South Shields (population approximately 80,000) is in the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside (which, until 1986, was a district) in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, in the North East of England.  Until 1974, South Shields was a county borough in County Durham.  It lies on the south side of the Tyne estuary, opposite North Shields, about 7 miles east of Newcastle and 8 miles north of Sunderland.

The former South Shields Synagogue, 25 Beach Road, now offices (May 2013)
David Shulman 2013

South Shields Jewish Community

Jews began to settle in South Shields in the mid-nineteenth century and a community was established by the 1880's with a synagogue building being acquired in 1897. Although for most of its existance there was a single Jewish congregation in the town, the South Shields Hebrew Congregation, from about 1903 until 1909, there was a rival congregation. A Jewish cememetery was in use from 1899. The synogogue closed in 1994 and the community is now defunct.

Congregation Data


South Shields Hebrew Congregation


25 Beach Road, South Shields

Previous Addresses

Ogle Terrace, South Shields.

Previously (from 1897), 38 Charlotte Street, South Shields.

Prior thereto, in members'  home or a hired hall.

Date Formed:


Rival Congregation:

In 1903, there was a split in the Congregation and a rival congregation was established by J. Furstein and N. Kossick, with Rev. I. Litovitz as minister/teacher. It lasted until 1909, when the congregations were again united.

Current Status:

Closed in 1994, but services continued for a while in members homes.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Congregation Numbers:

1892 - 22 seatholders (Board of Deputies returns)
1895 - 25 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896)
1900 - 39 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900/1);
 or 54 seatholders (Board of Deputies returns)


Souith Shields Synagogue
South Shields Synagogue interior
(Courtesy Peter Gatoff)

Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with South Shields include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in South Shields during the 1840s (1 record), 1850s (6 records), 1860s (22 records), 1870s (5 records), 1880s (7 records), 1890s (2 records), 1900s (2 records) and 1910s (1 record).


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the South Shields Jewish Community



Other South Shields Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew School (founded c. 1890s)

Other Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900)

  • Chevra Kadisha (founded about 1899)

  • Board of Guardians  (founded about 1900)

  • Chovevi Zion Association branch (founded 1888)

  • Ladies Benevolent Society (founded about 1900)

* As listed in the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900 article by L. Olsover (see above).


South Shields Jewish Cemetery Information

Harton Cemetery, Jewish Section, Shields-Sunderland Road (A1018), Harton, South Shields. The first burials date from 1899. The Burial Register is held by local council.

(See also IAJGS Cemetery Project - South Shields)


South Shields Jewish Population Data


          First Jewish settlement


about 120

(The Jewish Year Book 1896/97)



(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)




Numerous records of the Jewish Communities in Northeast England (only a sample of which are listed below) are deposited with the Tyne and Wear Archives Service (http://www.legacyarchives.org.uk).   CLICK HERE to view a full list of these records (correct to December 2005).

Synagogue Records:

  • Synagogue Records 1890-1933 -  Tyne and Wear Archives Service (see above)

  • Plans 1922 -  Tyne and Wear Archives Service (see above)

Jewish Congregations in Tyne and Wear

Jewish Communities of England Home Page


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