Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation
|Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation|
|Architect(s)||R. B. Mather|
|Official name: Synagogue|
|Designated||27 August 1998|
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 current synagogue in Leamington Road was consecrated in 1916.
The synagogue is a Grade II listed building, designed by Blackpool alderman and justice of the peace R. B. Mather in the Byzantine architectural style. 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
- "Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation, Blackpool, Lancashire". JewishGen. 12 July 2002. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1376196)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "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. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
- Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation at GENUKI
- Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation on Jewish Communities and Records - UK (hosted by jewishgen.org).
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