Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation
|Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation|
|Architect(s)||R. B. Mather|
|Designated||27 August 1998|
The Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation was founded in about 1907 with the merger of Blackpool Hebrew Congregation which had been founded in 1898 and Blackpool New Orthodox Hebrew Congregation (founded in 1905). The synagogue was originally located in Springfield Road, North Shore. The synagogue in Leamington Road was consecrated in 1916.
The synagogue building, designed by Blackpool alderman and justice of the peace R B Mather in the Byzantine architectural style, is Grade II listed It was built between 1916 and 1926 and was later altered in 1955 and 1976.
On 8 February 2009, the synagogue hosted a visit by Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the United Kingdom. The visit was arranged by Eric Moonman, the president of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.
The synagogue closed in May 2012, as the community numbers had fallen below a viable congregation. The last service, conducted by Cantor Steven Robins LRCM, was held on 13 May 2012 accompanied by the Shabbaton Choir. The synagogue was packed for the occasion with many former members and children and grandchildren of congregants from previous years attending. The sermon was given by Rabbi Arnold Saunders of Manchester, a previous Minister.
The last Minister of the synagogue was Rabbi David Braunold who assumed the pulpit in 1985 and departed for the St Anne's Hebrew Congregation in 2010. Rabbi Braunold gave the welcoming address at the last service.
There is a legacy site for the synagogue.
- Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation
- List of Jewish communities in the United Kingdom
- List of synagogues in the United Kingdom
- Historic England (27 August 1998). "Synagogue (1376196)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
- "Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation, Blackpool, Lancashire". JewishGen. 12 July 2002. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
- "Listed Buildings in Blackpool 6, Synagogue, United / Hebrew". Blackpool Civic Trust. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
- "Chief Rabbi visit - 8 February 2009" (PDF). Migdal. Blackpool: Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation (March 2009): 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2009.