the former

Polish Synagogue

Sunderland, Tyne & Wear




Page created: 20 April 2005
Latest revision or update: 3 August 2016

Congregation Data


Polish Synagogue


Vine Street, Sunderland

Date Formed:

In 1781. Believed to be formed by then recent "Chassidic" immigrants from Poland and Bohemia, who split from main Sunderland congregation. (Only the second incident of a split in Anglo-Jewry - the first was in Portsmouth.)

Current Status:

Closed by 1861. Its two torah scrolls and other belongings were sold to the Sunderland Hebrew Congregation for 7. 7s. 3d (seven pounds seven shillings and six pence), according to minutes dated 20 January 1862.


Ashkenazi Orthodox (following Polish tradition)

Membership Data:

By 1850, membership had dwindled, with only approximately 12 persons attending Sabbath services. (Only 34 of its 74 seats were let.)

Board of Deputies:

In 1838, this congregation became the first Provincial congregation to elect a delegate to the Board of Deputies.

Cemetery Information:

This congregation would have used Sunderland's Ayers Quay Cemetery with possibly some burials, shortly before the congregation closed, at the first Bishopwearmonth Cemetery (see Sunderland Cemetery Information)

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