Looking for neighbourhood Synagogue #unitedkingdom #general

yvonne baines

My great grandparents settled in Liverpool, England.   The 1871 Census has them living on Brown Street, which was near to Brownlow Hill.  The 1881 Census shows them living on Ellesmere Street, which was between Prescot Street & West Derby Street.  Can anyone help me to know which Synagogue they would have attended.  I have looked at the list of Synagogues that were in operation at this time, from looking at 'Old Streets of Liverpool, I have 2 possibilities, Hope Place and Crown Street  (Beth Hamedrash )  On the 1891 census and on I believe they attended the 'Old Hebrew Congregation' on Princes Road.  I would so much appreciate any assistance anyone can give me....  

Yvonne Tamtom


On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 02:08 AM, yvonne baines wrote:
Old Hebrew Congregation' on Princes Road
The Princes Road synagogue has a website, princesroad.org with this statement on p.2: "Many people contact LOHC with enquiries as to whether their ancestors were part of the congregation or the wider Liverpool Jewish community. Please feel free to contact us if this is the case.  Saul Marks"  Various links and phone numbers for the Liverpool Jewish community are listed at https://www.princesroad.org/linksnumbers .  Good luck!

Irene Greenwald Plotzker
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Richard Gilbert

Hi Yvonne

Of all the synagogues you mentioned in your original post only Princess Road survives. If I remember correctly the synagogue at Hope Place eventually merged with Greenbank Drive synagogue but that has closed and merged with Childwall synagogue.

Whilst many of our ancestors would have attended synagogues to pray in most were unable to make the contributions needed to keep them running and to become members. Which synagogue an ancestor prayed in can only ever be speculation.

There’s an old joke of a Jewish man stranded on a desert island. He builds two synagogue one to pray in and one he wouldn’t be seen dead in. Just because it was near to where an ancestor lived doesn’t mean that is where they prayed.

For more information have a look at the JCR-UK website for more information about the synagogues in Liverpool.

Richard Gilbert
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire