Re: Great Synagogue in London records #unitedkingdom


For marriages in  many UK synagogues (including the Great Synagogue, London) from c.1880, you should try to get a copy of the Chief Rabbi's marriage authorization for the marriage,  in addition to a copy of the (civil) GRO marriage certificate, There is an index of the Chief Rabbi's marriage authorizations (1880-1920), and details of how to obtain a copy, at  . 

There are some delays  at the moment due to the Covid-19 restrictions. 
What information might I see on a marriage Authorisation?
  • The proposed place and date of marriage
  • The Hebrew and English names of the bride and groom
  • Their addresses
  • Their country of origin
  • The Hebrew names of the groom's unmarried brothers and which ones intend to attend the     marriage ceremony
  • Other Miscellaneous information

The documents are part Hebrew and part English.

In the search box on web page above, type in the name Dinah Jacobs.  There are several results with bride's of this name but only one with a spouse name of Simon SHERATSKI.  You can then order the document.

This index was a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain and the United Synagogue who hold these records.

For a better understanding of the terminology used in the Chief Rabbi's Marriage authorisation the see: 
and a sample at 

Laurence Harris
London, England

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