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Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue

Fieldgate Street, London E1




Re-created 18 May 2008
(original page, created 2003, having been inadvertently deleted)
Latest revision or update: 2 November 2017

Reproduced with the kind permission of Leslie Bailey

Entrance to the Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue (August 2007)

Congregation Data

Latest Name:

Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue
("Sha'ar Ya'acov")

Previous Name:

Fieldgate Street Synagogue


41 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1JU

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

Incorporated Congregations:

Chevra Bikkur Cholim, Fashion Street (May 1899)
Lubner and Lomzer Synagogue (after 1947)
Vine Court Synagogue (1965)
Stepney Orthodox Synagogue (after 1966)
Alie Street Synagogue (1969)
Ezras Chaim, Ain Yacov and Poltava Synagogue (1973)

Current Status:

The last regular service was held on 22 September 2007. However, the synagogue was reopened for services on the "High Holyday" (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) in 2008 and, for a while, other services were held from time to time. However, by 2014, the synagogue closed its doors for good.

In March 2015, the synagogue building was sold to the East London Mosque. The Congregation had agreed to transfer the building to the Federation of Synagogue, which in turn agreed to put the proceeds of sale towards other projects. In return, the members of the Congregation (who numbered approximately 180, most of whom no longer live in the East End) were made life members of a synagogue in the Hendon area, thus safeguarding their burial rights.

Date Founded:

1897-9, on the amalgamation of three small chevrot


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


An affiliated synagogue to the Federation of Synagogues. (A section of members were, and some may still be, affiliated for burial rights to the West End Great Synagogue.)

Membership Data:

1905  -   140 members (source)

1915  -   150 members (source)

Local Government Districts:

Fieldgate Street is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, Fieldgate Street and Charlotte Street were in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) in the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

Both streets was also within the 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 Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - Whitechapel
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which now holds the registers)

Other Congregation Information

  • Synagogue & Other Records:

    • At least 10 marriage registers (first entry 27 December 1899; latest entry on or after 17 January 1982) are deposited with Tower Hamlets Register Office (ref: s11):

      The Board of Deputies may also hold copies of some or all of the registers.

  • Bibliography:

    • The Synagogues of London. Lindsay, P., 1993 (Valentine Mitchell, London)  p. 51-53

    • "Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue synagogues" -  Issue No. 2 of the Cable - the magazine of the Jewish East End Celebration Society, pp 33-35.

    • "The sound of the shofar has been heard for the last time at Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue synagogues" -  Issue No. 5, 2007, of the Cable - the magazine of the Jewish East End Celebration Society, pp 55-56.

    • "What a davener, what a voice!" - Rev. Baruch Smus of Fieldgate Street Synagogue . 2009. Issue No. 10 of the Cable - the magazine of the Jewish East End Celebration Society, pp 37-40.

    • other Tower Hamlet sources

    • other London sources

  • Survey of London website - contributions relating to this congregation:

  • Cemetery Information (IAJGS Cemetery Project):

List of Congregations in the Federation of Synagogues

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

List of Synagogues destroyed or severely damaged by German air raids during World War II

Jewish Congregations of the London East End

Greater London home page




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