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Berners Street Hevra

London E1




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Congregation Data


Berners Street Hevra


Berners Street, Commercial Road, London E1

(Location: Berners Street, in London's East End, ran some 700 feet south from Commercial Road, parallel to Batty Street and Christian Street, to the east, and Back Church Lane, to the west. It is now called name Henriques Street, named after Sir Basil Henriques.)

Date Founded:

By 1875 (source)

Current Status:

Closed. Not known when, possibly shortly after 1875. The only information currently known about this congregation is the press report below.

Press Report:

The following report appeared in the Jewish Chronicle on 29 October 1875:

A correspondent calls our attention to a Hebra which meets in Berners Street, Commercial Road, the services of which, he writes, are conducted in a manner that attracts the attention and ridicule of passers by. On the Eve of the Day of Atonement a mob collected round the house armed with tin kettles, etc. These annoyances are chiefly owing to the unseemly manner in which the services are conducted.


Presumably Orthodox - Ashkenazi


None known

Local Government Districts:

The locality is now in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, Berners Street was in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) in the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965. Until 1927, the locality had also been part of the civil parish of St George in the East (established in 1729, abolished in 1927 when it was absorbed into Stepney Borough parish, which was abolished 1965), which was in the former County of Middlesex until 1889. From 1856 to 1900, the Vestry (council) of the Parish of St George in the East was a local authority, with functions similar to that of a local government district council.

Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - St George in the East
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which would hold the registers, if any)

Other Congregation Information

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations of the London East End

Greater London home page

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