United Hebrew Congregation

Leeds, West Yorkshire




Page created: 2 March 2002
Latest revision or update: 5 October 2016

The Synagogue of the United Hebrew Congregation, Shadwell Lane, May 2013
David Shulman 2013

Congregation Data


United Hebrew Congregation (UHC)


Shadwell Lane Synagogue, 151 Shadwell Lane, Leeds LS17 8DW

Current Status:



1930/1 (Present Synagogue is purpose-built and opened in 1986)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


"An independent orthodox synagogue operating under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth"

Constituent Synagogues:

The Shadwell Lane Synagogue is the sole constituent synagogue in the UHC.
The following are former constituent synagogues of the UHC
Great Synagogue, Belgrave Street (joined 1930/1, synagogue closed 1983)
New Synagogue, Chapeltown Road (joined in 1931/2, synagogue closed 1985)
New Leeds Congregation, 1 Louis Street (joined in 1930/1, synagogue sold 1932)
Moortown Synagogue, 151 Shadwell Lane (opened 1937, synagogue closed 1986)
Chapeltown United Synagogue, 58-60 Chapeltown Road (joined in about 1949, synagogue closed about 1962)
In addition, the Louis Street Synagogue merged into the UHC, when the former closed in 1974


The following congregations were affiliated for the purposes of burial rights (Jewish Year Books 1935-45):
    Herzl Moser Zionist Synagogue
    Leeds Spanish and Portuguese (Sephardic) Synagogue
    Louis Street Synagogue
    Lovell Street Synagogue
    Psalms of David Synagogue
    Vilna Synagogue
    Harrogate Hebrew Congregation
    York Hebrew Congregation
    Huddersfield Hebrew Congregation (Jewish Year Book 1945, only)



Membership Data:

1935 - 1,100  (two synagogues) (Jewish Year Book 1935)
1949 - 1,800  (four synagogues) (Jewish Year Book 1950)
1999 - 1,032  (one synagogue) (Board of Deputies)

Marriage Certification:

Registration District: Leeds North


The congregation administers its own cemetery, the UHC Cemetery. For details see Cemetery Information on Leeds Jewish Community home page.

See also Database below.


Search of Cemetery Records, with images

The UHC Cemetery Database contains over 6,500 burials, plus photographs of some 5,000 headstones, in the United Hebrew Congregation  Cemetery, Gelderd Road, Gildersome, from 1840 to 2013.

The New Farnley Cemeteries Database includes approximately 1,300  records, dating from approximately 1896, of burials, plus photographs of gravestones, associated with the Louis Street Synagogue, which are now administered by the United Hebrew Congregation.


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database specifically associated with this congregation include:


United Hebrew Congregation Cemetery (6,113 records);
Louis Street Synagogue Cemetery (1,039 records).

For a list of other Leeds records in the Database that may also include records associated with this congregation, click here.

Leeds Jewish Community home page

Other Jewish Congregations in West Yorkshire

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