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Jewish Community of Greater Manchester

City and Metropolitan County of Manchester

Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county established in 1974 in North West England, covers the City of Manchester and surrounding areas.  In comprises ten metropolitan boroughs, namely the City of Manchester, the City of Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. In 1986, Greater Manchester lost its administrative powers becoming purely a ceremonial county. Accordingly, each of the metropolitan boroughs effectively became unitary authorities. The metropolitan county includes certain localities, such as Salford and Trafford that form a single conurbation along with Manchester, while others, such as Bolton, Rochdale and Wigan, are separate towns.

The Manchester Jewish Community

The Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchesterte

The following congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Greater Manchester Jewish Community Community: 

* Denotes active congregation.

A congregation that subsequently changed its name or merged into another congregation.

Alternative name of congregation.

# Pages recently fully reformatted, with expanded data.

(1) Community or congregation records (as listed) in All-UK Database.

(2) Pages with their own searchable databases.

(3) Pages with press reports on the community.

(4) Pages with photographs.

(5) Pages with articles and other contributed material.

(6) Pages with browsable lists, other than ministers and/or officers

(7) Pages listing ministers and/or officers.

Alternative Lists of Manchester Congregations
(Click below to view Manchester Congregations arranged as follows:)


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Greater Manchester include:

  • Marriages

  • Burials

    • WWII Civilian Casualties (20 records).

  • Census:

    • Extracts for Manchester from 1871 census (3,233 records)

  • UK Jewish Communal Leaders Database - Manchester and Salford records:

    • Jewish Directory for 1874 (records of 159 individuals);

    • Jewish Year Book 1896/97 (records of 50 individuals); and

    • JCR-UK Listings (records of 260 individuals - as of the March 2024 update)

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database (as of the 2016 update):

    • Individuals in the "1851" database who were living in:

      • Manchester during the 1770s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (14 records), 1810s (25 records), 1820s (98 records), 1830s (179 records), 1840s (453 records), 1850s (1,139 records), 1860s (270 records), 1870s (208 records), 1880s (146 records), 1890s (43 records), 1900s (47 records) and 1910s (4 records);

      • Salford during the 1800s (1 record), 1840s (2 records), 1820s (1 record), 1830s (10 records), 1840s (37 records), 1850s (69 records), 1860s (14 records), 1870s (12 records), 1880s (11 records), 1890s (3 records), 1900s (7 records) and 1910s (3 records);

      • Bolton during the 1830s (2 records) and 1840s (5 records);

      • Oldham during the 1830s (1 record), 1880s (3 records) and 1890s (2 records);

      • Wigan during the 1790s (1 record), 1820s (2 records) and 1830s (9 records);

      • Stockport during the 1820s (1 record); and

      • Rochdale during the 1830s (1 record).

  • Other

    • Salford Police Register of Aliens, 1916-1965, from Manchester Police Museum  (14,364 records) - Introduction;

    • Manchester Jewry  - City Directories of Traders:
      1855 (143 records), 1888 (230 records), 1927 (560 records), 1934 (411 records), with Introduction & Explanation by Ann Rabinowitz.


On-line Articles and Other Material relating to the
Greater Manchester Jewish Community


on third party websites


Other Manchester Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

For additional information see Manchester from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain"

Educational & Theological

  • Manchester Jews' School (founded 1838).

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Board of Guardians for the Relief of the Jewish Poor of Manchester (founded 1867) for relief, general and medical; also granting loans without interest and apprenticing Jewish youths.

  • Manchester Hebrew Philanthropic and Loan Society (founded 1825) for giving weekly allowances to persons of the Jewish faith over the age of 60 years and the granting of loans without interest to respectable persons.

  • Manchester Hebrew Sick and Burial Benefit Society (founded 1860) for the relief of members during sickness and week of mourning; payment of funeral, etc.

  • Cracow Benevolent Society (founded by 1874).

  • Manchester Jewish Ladies' Visiting Committee (founded 1884) for visiting the poor and attending to their sanitary condition.

  • Visiting Committee of the Hebrew Congregations of Manchester and Liverpool (founded 1885) for the visitation of Jewish ministers to hospitals, prisons, workhouses, etc.,

  • Manchester Jewish Working Men's Club (founded 1887).

  • Manchester Shechita Board (founded 1890)

  • Manchester Naturalisation Society (founded by 1895) to assist aliens to become naturalised.

  • Literary and Debating Society (founded by 1896) in connection with the Jewish Working Men's Club.

  • Manchester Jewish Young Men's Club (founded by 1896)

  • Manchester Jewish Young Men's Religious Association (founded by 1900).

  • Polish Jews' Burial Society (founded by 1900).

  • Manchester Jewish Cricket Club (founded by 1900).

  • Manchester Jewish Tailors', Machinists', and Pressers' Trade Union (founded by 1900).

  • Manchester Jewish Master-Tailors Trade Protection Society (founded by 1900).

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900.


Greater Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Information

Listed below are the cemeteries used by the Manchester Jewish Community. Prior to the purchase of the first cemetery in 1794, Jews who died in Manchester were interred in the burial grounds in Liverpool.

  • Agecroft Jewish Cemetery, Langley Road, Pendlebury, Salford M27.

  • Blackley Jewish Cemetery, Rochdale Road, Blackley, M9 6FQ: Acquired about 1897 by the Central Synagogue and later also used by the North Manchester Synagogue. (The two synagogues merged in 1978.)

  • Bury Cemetery, Jewish Section, St Peters Road, Bury BL9.

  • Cheadle Jewish Cemetery.

  • Collyhurst Cemetery, Knightley Walk, Miles Platting, M40 8LF: 1844 to 1872. Used by breakaway Manchester New Synagogue from 1844 until 1851 and thereafter used by the Great Synagogue mainly for infant burials until 1872. Subsequently falling into total disrepair.

  • Crumpsall Jewish Cemetery, Crescent Road, M8 5UR: In use from 1880.

  • Dunham Lawn Cemetery - Jewish Section, Whitehouse Lane, Dunham-Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5RH. The ohel was built in 1997 and consecrated by Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sack.

  • Failworth Jewish Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Failworth M35 0SN: Acquired in 1919 by the Holy Law & Beth Aaron Synagogue.

  • Manchester Reform Jewish Old Cemetery, Whitefield, M45 7BY: 1856 to 1992. Acquired by the Manchester Congregation of British Jew .

  • Miles Platting Jewish Cemetery, Queens Road, Miles Platting: In use from c. 1850 to 1880.

  • Pendleton Jews' Burial Ground, Brindle Heath Road, Salford M6 7EE: Manchester's first Jewish cemetery in use from 1794 to 1840.

  • Jewish Section, Philips Park Cemetery, Riverpark Road, Eastlands, Manchester, M40 2XP: 1857 to 1953. Cemetery of the South Manchester Synagogue.
    The cemetery is a Grade II Registered Park and Garden (number 1001634), designated on 12 July 2002. (View description on Historic England website.)

  • Prestwich Village Jews' Burial Ground, Bury New Road  M25 1AF: Generally in use from 1841 to 1884, although last burial was in 1914. Shared by the Great Synagogue and the New Synagogue.

  • Rainsough Jewish Cemetery, Rainsough Brow, Butterstile Lane, Preswich M25 9UL: Acquired 1923 by the Central Synagogue and later also owed by Higher Broughton Synagogue. Cemetery now shares by almost some ten congregations.

  • Southern Cemetery, Jewish Section, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury M21 7GL: Initially used, from 1892, by the Manchester Congregation of British Jews. Later shared with South Manchester Synagogue (from 1924) and the Sephardi community (from 1934) and Whitefield Synagogue (from 1957). Cemetery still currently in use. The Cemetery is a Grade II Registered Park and Garden (number 1001656), designated on 13 November 2002. View description on Historic England website.

  • Urmston Jewish Cemetery, Chapel Grove, M41 9BB: Dating from 1878. Acquired by the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue and shared from 1891 with the Manchester New Synagogue, with a separate Whitefield Synagogue Section from 1959.
    The War Memorial Obelisk and Tablet at the cemetery is a Grade II Listed Building (number 1437788), designated on 7 September 2016. View description on Historic England website.

  • Whitefield Jewish Cemetery, Old Hall Lane, Whitefield, M45 7TN: Opened 1931 and still in use. Initially used by United Synagogue, Manchester. Later also by Higher Prestwich Hebrew Congregation (from 1957), Whitefield Synagogue (from 1974) and Ultra-Orthodox congregations.

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Manchester)


Manchester & District Jewish Population Data
(including Salford)



(Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain)



(The Jewish Year Book 1896/97)



(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)



(The Jewish Year Book 1906)



(The Jewish Year Book 1916)



(The Jewish Year Book 19435)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1968)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2000)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)



(The Jewish Year Book 2007)

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created by John Berman: 2002
Congregations researched and page reformatted by David Shulman: November 2007
Page most recently amended: 28 May 2024


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