the former

Litvish Chevra Bnai Wilna

London E1





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Litvish Chevra Bnai Wilna(i)


18 Fieldgate Street, London E1.(ii) The congregation's premises were in an annexe at the back of a shophouse at what became 18 Fieldgate Street and is today incorporated as part of 101 Greenfield Street.(iii)

Date Formed:

By 1890,(iv) when the congregation acquired its premises from the Crawcour Synagogue.

Current Status:

Closed - date uncertain.(vi) The premises were later home to the Chechanover Synagogue.


Ashkenazi Orthodox


None known

Local Government Districts:

Fieldgate Street and Greenfield Street are in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets,(vii) created on 1 April 1965.

Previously, Fieldgate Street, Charlotte Street and Greenfield Street were in the former Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) in the former County of London (established 1889).

The streets was also within the former civil parish of Whitechapel (which was in the former County of Middlesex until 1889) and which, from 1856 to 1900, was a constituent of the Whitechapel District.

The civil parish of Whitechapel was abolished in 1927, being absorbed into Stepney Borough parish, which itself was abolished in 1965.

Registration District (BMD):

Tower Hamlets(viii) (since 1 January 1983) - Register Office website

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The congregation appears to have been a 'landsmanshaft' for Jews from the city of Vilna (Wilna), which today, as Vilnius, is the capital of Lithuania and was in at times within the Russian Empire, Poland and the Soviet Union.

  • (ii) Fieldgate Street (about one-fifth of a mile long), in London's East End, lies to the south of Whitechapel Road and forks off east from Whitechapel Road to New Road. The eastern half of the street was previously known as Charlotte Street

  • (iii) Survey of London website - History of 101 Greenfield Road, which contains the only known specific reference to this congregation. Greenfield Road (formerly Greenfield Street) (some 700 feet long) runs south from Fieldgate Street to Commercial Road (about half-way between Aldgate East Underground Station and New Road) and is parallel to Settles Street (to the east) and Plumber's Row (to the west).

  • (iv) Survey of London website - History of 101 Greenfield Road.

  • (v) Reserved.

  • (vi) The congregation does not appear to have ever been listed in Jewish Year Book.

  • (vii) The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, an Inner London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Metropolitan Boroughs of Stepney, Bethnal Green and Poplar (all of which had been in the former County of London, established 1889).

  • (viii) The former Registration Districts were Stepney, from 1 January 1926 until 1 January 1983, and Whitechapel, from the 1 July 1837 until 1 January 1926. Any registers would now be held by current register office.


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation


on Third Party websites

List of Independent Congregations in London

Street Directory of Synagogues in London East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations of the London East End

Greater London home page

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