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Bethnal Green Great Synagogue

Tifereth Israel

Bethnal Green, London E.1.




Page created: 4 December 2006
Latest revision or update: 23 February 2015

Congregation Data


Bethnal Green Great Synagogue

Hebrew Name:

Tifereth Israel


11/15 Bethnal Green Road, London E1
(The building was destroyed in a German Air Raid in 1941, after which the congregation temporarily used 2/4 Chance Street, London E1, a short road close to the beginning of Bethnal Green Road, until rebuilt in 1956)

(Location: Bethnal Green Road runs east from Shoreditch High Street (part of the A10 and an extension of Bishopsgate) starting at a spot just north the junction with Commercial Road and Great Eastern Street. It extends for about a mile, crossing over, among others, Brick Lane and Vallance Road and ends at Cambridge Heath Road (the A107).)

Date Founded:

By 1905 (source)

Current Status:

Closed 1985


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Was a constituent synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues, having previously been an affiliated synagogue.

Membership Data:

1905  -   250 members (source)

1915  -   200 members (source)

Local Government Districts:

Bethnal Green Road is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

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

Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - Bethnal Green
From 1 January 1966 - Poplar and Bethnal Green
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which now holds the registers)

Other Congregation Information

  • Synagogue & Other Records:

    • Five Marriage Registers (first entry 1 August 1906; last entry 20 December 1970) deposited with Tower Hamlets Register Office (ref: s03).

    • Also deposited with Tower Hamlets Register Office (ref: s01) is a Marriage Register with a single entry (dated 2 December 1934) in respect of a "Bethnal Green Green St. Synagogue" and it is not known as to which congregation this relates.

  • Bibliography:

  • Cemetery Information:

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

List of Synagogues destroyed by German air raids during World War II

Jewish Congregations in London's East End

Greater London home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations

Explanation of Terms Used




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