the former

Kiever Synagogue

(formerly Bessarabia Kiev Synagogue)

London E1




Page created: 1 May 2014
Latest revision or update: 23 February 2015

Congregation Data

Latest Name:

Kiever Synagogue

Former Name:

Bessarabia Kiev Synagogue

Name Origin:

Bessarabia is the historic name for the region that now comprises most of modern day Moldova, as well as adjoining areas to the north and south that are now part of Ukraine. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. The founders of the congregation presumably originated from the region, which was then part of the Russian Empire.


Fashion Street, Spitalfields, London E1. The congregation may have been utilising premises occupied by the Mikra Chevra("Service and Scandal: the life and times of an immigrant Jewish Clergyman" by Daniel Appleby, p.87. 2013)

(Location: Fashion Street (some 600 feet long), in London's East End, runs east from Commercial Street to Brick Lane, parallel with Fournier Street, 300 feet to the north. Flower & Dean Street used to run parallel 200 feet to the south but this no longer exists.)

Date Founded:

By 1899 (source)

Current Status:

Closed, after 1899 (source)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


The congregation became an affiliated synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues in February 1899, approved at a Federation board meeting on 12 February 1899 (cited by Daniel Appleby in "Service and Scandal: the life and times of an immigrant Jewish Clergyman" p.87. 2013)

Local Government Districts:

Fashion Street is now in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, it was in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) in the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

The locality was also within the civil parish of Spitalfields, which was abolished in 1921, being absorbed into the civil parish of Whitechapel, which itself was abolished in 1927 and absorbed into Stepney Borough parish (until that parish's abolition in 1965).

Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - Whitechapel
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which would now hold the registers, if any)

Other Congregation Information

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations of the London East End

Greater London home page

List of Federation of Synagogues Congregations

Explanation of Terms Used




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