the former

Temple Street Synagogue

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear




Page created: 9 October 2005
Latest update or revision: 7 May 2017

Temple Synagogue, Newcastle
Temple Street Synagogue (Courtest Peter Gatoff)


Congregation Data


Temple Street Synagogue


Temple Street, Newcastle upon Tyne (from 1839).

Previously, the congregation met in rented hired premises (including Pilgrim Street) or private homes.

Date Formed:

Congregation established in October 1832, but synagogue not acquired until July 1838

Current Status:

Closed about 1878


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Congregation Numbers:

1845 - There were 9 ba'alai batim, the congregation comprising about 33 adults and 33 children  (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)

Secessionist Congregation:

Charlotte Square Synagogue, formed 1867


Rev M. Franklin - 1832
Rev. L. Simon - 1834
Rev. E Oppenheim - 1834
Rabbi Hoffinung - 1836
Rev. I. Caro - 1840
Rev. J.Caro - 1857
Rev. Fibush Levinson - 1868
Rev. S. H. Harris - 1871
Rev. Ephraim Cohen - 1871

(Primary Source: L. Olsover's "The Jewish Communities of North-East England", 1980)

Cemetery Information

The Congregation used the Thornton Street Cemetery until its closure in 1851, thereafter it temporarily used the Sunderland Bishopswearmouth Cemetery until the opening of Newcastle's Elswick Jewish Cemetery in 1857 (for details, see Newcastle Cemetery Information).


On the left is the Entablature from the Temple Street Synagogue. The date unusually combines the Gregorian date with the Hebrew year (5598) in Roman numerals (last three digits 'III' having worn away).  The Entablature was removed to the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation synagogue in Culzean Park, as noted in the plaque at that synagogue, on the right.
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(Courtesy Peter Gatoff)


On-line Articles, Photographs and Other Material
associated with this Congregation



Congregational Records


Numerous records of the Jewish Communities in Northeast England (only a sample of which are listed below) are deposited with the Tyne and Wear Archives Service (http://www.legacyarchives.org.uk).
CLICK HERE to view a full list of these records (correct to December 2005).

Marriage Records:

Marriage Certificate 1877  -  Tyne and Wear Archives Service (see above)

Synagogue Records:

Deeds 1855-1892  -  Tyne and Wear Archives Service (see above)

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