Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation

Blackpool, Lancashire




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The Synagogue of Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation Synagogue

Congregation Data


Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation, since about 1959(ii)

Former Names

Blackpool Progressive Jewish Congregation, from about 1953 until about 1970 and previously from about 1949 until about 1951.(iii)

Blackpool Liberal Jewish Congregation, from about 1951 until about 1953 and previously from the founding of the congregation until about 1949.(iv)


40 Raikes Parade, Blackpool, FY1 4EX(v)

The Congregation initially held its meetings in a Methodist Church in Raikes Parade, Blackpool,(vi)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

9 November 1947


Reform previously Liberal (Progressive)


Initially, a member of the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues (ULPS, now called Liberal Judaism). The congregation is now a constituent synagogue of the the Movement for Reform Judaism, formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain (RSGB), which it joined in 1961(x)




(To view a short profile of a minister who also served other UK congregations - name in blue - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rev. Simon J. Goldberg - from about 1951 until about 1959(xi)

Rev. M. Arieli(xii)  - from about 1960 until about 1963

Rev. S. Greenstein - from about 1971 until about 1975(xiv)  

Rev. Samuel Rodreigues-Pereira - from about 1976 until about 1978(xv)

Rabbi Norman Zalud - from about 2000 until at least 2019(xvi)

Congregation's Magazine:

Migdal, the congregation's magazine, it is published quarterly.
Backcopies may be viewed at https://www.brjc.co.uk/migdal/

Membership Data

Jewish Year Books(xix)

1948 - 95

1951 - 140

1953 - 154

National Reports and Surveys(xxi)

1977 - 76 male (or household) members and 4 female members

1983 - 65 male (or household) members and 11 female members

1990 - 113 members (comprising 33 households, 40 individual male and 40 individual female members)

1996 - 119 members (comprising 50 households, 22 individual male and 47 individual female members)

2010 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having under 50 members (by household)

Legal and Charitable Status:

On 31 May 2012, the congregation was incorporated as a registered (non-profit) company, Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation (company no. 08091243), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital (and with an exemption from use of the word 'Limited'). The congregation is also a registered charity (no. 1148088), registered on 13 July 2012.(xxiii)

Registration District (BMD):

Blackpool (since 1 April 1998)(xxiv)  - Link to Register Office website.

Group for Marriage Certification: West London Synagogue.


The Congregation uses part of the Jewish Section of the Carleton Cemetery.(xxv)  (For further details see Cemetery Information on the Blackpool Jewish community home page).

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) This name first appears in the Jewish Year Book 1960.

  • (iii) Based upon this being the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books 1959, 1951 and 1954 through 1959.

  • (iv) Based upon this being the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books 1949, 1952 and 1953.

  • (v) This was the address given in Jewish Year Books from 1961 and is the current address given on the congregation'a website, last accessed 15 July 2019.

  • (vi) This was the address given in Jewish Year Books from 1950 through 1960.

  • (vii), (viii) and (ix) Reserved.

  • (x) Tradition and Change by A.J. Kershen and J.A. Romain (1995) pp. 243/244. The congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books as a constituent of ULPS until 1960 and as a constituent of RSGB from 1963.

  • (xi) Based upon Rev. Goldberg's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1952 through 1959. There was no minister listed for 1960.

  • (xii) Based upon Rev. Arieli's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1961 through 1963. There was no minister listed for the years 1964 through 1971

  • (xiii) Reserved.

  • (xiv) Based upon Rabbi Greenstein's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1972 through 1975. There was no minister listed for 1976.

  • (xv) Based upon Rev. (later Rabbi) Rodreigues-Pereira's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1977 and 1978 There was no minister listed for the years 1979 through 2000.

  • (xvi) Based upon Rabbi Zalud's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 2001. Although he ceased to be listed from 2013 (and the Year Book was last published in 2015), he is still referred to as serving the congregation, on a part-time basis. in the congregation's annual report for 2019 filed with the Charities Commissioners (see below).

  • (xvii) and (xviii) Reserved.

  • (xix) Extracted from the Jewish Year Book for the year following the stated year.

  • (xx) Reserved.

  • (xxi) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (xxii) Reserved.

  • (xxiii) Companies House website and Charities Commission's website, respectively, (both in beta trial stage) and open charities website, all accessed 15 July 2019.

  • (xxiv) For previous registration districts, see on Blackpool Home Page. Any registers would now be held by current register office.

  • (xxv) Jewish Heritage in Britain and Ireland by S. Kadish (2015), p.194


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

  • Trustees Annual Reports and Financial Statements filed with the Charities Commission (pdf):

  • Bibliography:

    • "Portrait of a Community" in Synagogue Review of Blackpool Reform Synagogue [December 1961]

    • other Blackpool bibliography.

Blackpool Jewish Community home page

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Lancashire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 21 August 2005
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 15 July 2019
Latest revision or update: 15 July 2020

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