the former

Whitley Bay Jewish Community

& Hebrew Congregation

Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Tyne & Wear




Town of Whitley Bay

The seaside town of Whiteley Bay (population about 10,000) in the North East of England is situated about five miles north of the Tyne estuary, some 10 miles northeast of Newcastle and about three miles north of North Shields.

Whitley Bay is now in the metropolitan borough of North Tyneside (in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear), which was created in 1974 upon the merger of several authorities, including most of the then Municipal Borough of Whitely Bay, all of which auuthorities had been within the county of Northumberland. Whitley Bay had received borough status in 1954, having previously been the urban district of Whitley Bay since 1944, and prior to then, the urban district of Whitley and Monkseaton.

former Whitley Bay Synagogue
The former Whitley Bay Synagogue, 2 Oxford Street (June 2018)
now a School of Theatre Dance
© Steve Ellwood 2018

The Whitley Bay Jewish Community

The Whitley Bay Jewish community dates from the early 1920s, although aA Synagogue building was not acquired until the late 1930s. In 1953, a Jewish Sections was dedicated at the local cemetery. The community began to decline in the the late 1960s and finally closed at the end of the 1990s.

Congregation Data


Whitley Bay Hebrew Congregation


Synagogue at 2 Oxford Street, Whitley Bay NG26 3TB, acquired in 1937(i) and consecrated by Chief Rabbi Dr. Hertz on 21 September 1938. Following extensive rebuilding, the building was reconsecrated on 27 February 1966.
Services were initially held in a room above a shop in Whitley Road and later in a room in South Parade.(ii)  Services were also held in private homes, including that of the minister

Date Founded:

1922, when first regular services were held in private homes.(iii).

Current Status:

Closed by about 2000(iv)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Rev. Nemeth - (the congregation's first minister) until 1930s(vi)

Rev. Samuel Zucker - from 1930s until 1937(vii)

Rabbi Wengroff - from 1937(viii)

Rev. A. Brysh - about 1950/51(ix)

Rev. S. Ballenow - from about 1953 until about 1960(x)

Rev. H. Greenberg - from about 1960 until 1965(xi)

Rev. A. F. Herling - 1970s(xii)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The Jewish Communities of North-East England (1980) by L. Olsover, Part Two, Chapter 4, pages 261-267. This address first appears in Jewish Year Book 1939.

  • (ii) Olsover's 1980 book - see note (i). However, Jewish Year Books from 1924 through 1931 give the address as Exchange Building and from 1936 through 1938, it is given as Whitley Road.

  • (iii) Olsover's 1980 book - see note (i) above. The community and congregation first appeared in Jewish Year Book 1924.

  • (iv) Based upon the community's last appearance in the Jewish Year Book 2000.

  • (v) Reserved.

  • (vi) Olsover's 1980 book - see note (i) above. However, Rev. Nemeth was not listed as minister of the congregation in any Jewish Year Book.

  • (vii) Olsover's 1980 book - see note (i) above. However, Rev. Zucker was not listed as minister of the congregation in any Jewish Year Book.

  • (viii) Olsover's 1980 book - see note (i) above. However, Rabbi Wengroff was not listed as minister of the congregation in any Jewish Year Book.

  • (ix) Based upon Rev. Brysz's listing in Jewish Year Book 1951

  • (x) Based upon Rev. Balanow's listing in Jewish Year Books 1954 through 1960.

  • (xi) Based upon Rev. Greenberg's listing in Jewish Year Books 1961 through 1966 and note in Olsover's 1980 book (see note (i) above) of his death in 1965.

  • (xii) Olsover's 1980 book - see note (i) above. However, Rev. Herling was not listed as minister of the congregation in any Jewish Year Book.


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(including JOWBR UK records)

The records in the database associated with Whitley Bay include:


Whitley Bay Cemetery (Jewish Section), 1953-2011 (92 records), included in JOWBR - submitted by JCR-UK


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Whitley Bay Jwish Community



 Congregational Records


Numerous records of the Jewish Communities in Northeast England 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 Registers:

Orders of service 1938-1966, brochures, etc. -  Tyne and Wear Archives Service (see above)

Registration District (BMD):

North Tyneside - Register Office website

  • Previous Registration Districts:
      North Tyneside East - until 1 April 1985;
      Northumberland South - until 1 April 1974;
      Tynemouth - from founding of congregation until 1 October 1936.
      (All records would now be held by current office.)


Whitley Bay Jewish Cemetery Information

Jewish Section, Whitley New Cemetery, Blythe Road, Whitley Bay (near St. Mary's Lighthouse), opened 1953.

Click North Tyneside, for other Jewish cemeteries in North Tyneside.

Database of burials (91 records, with 88 photographs of all gravestones) on JOWBR (submitted by JCR-UK) searchable on All-UK Database or JOWBR (see also JOWBR Cemetery Information).

(See also IAJGS Cemeteries Project - Whitley Bay.)


Whitley BayJewish Population Data



Jewish Year Book 1935



Jewish Year Book 1947



Jewish Year Book 1951



Jewish Year Book 1958



Jewish Year Book 1978



Jewish Year Book 1986



Jewish Year Book 1989

North Tyneside Jewish Community home page

Jewish Congregations in Tyne and Wear

Jewish Communities of England home page

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Latest revision or update: 23 August 2018

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