the former

Lambeth Synagogue

(Beth Jacob Synagogue)

London SW1




Page created: 25 October 2006
Latest update or revision: 24 February 2015

Congregation Data


Lambeth Synagogue - Beth Jacob Synagogue & Lambeth Talmud Torah


76 Vassall Road, London SW) (temporary address)

48 Kennington Road. Lambeth , London SE1 (destroyed by German air raid)

Date Formed:


Current Status:

Close by 1950's


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Affiliated to the Federation of  Synagogues.

Local Government Districts:

Lambeth, a district in central London on the southern bank of the river Thames, is now in the London Borough of Lambeth, an Inner London Borough created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, Lambeth was in the somewhat smaller former Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth (established in 1900) within the former County of London (established in 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

Registration Districts:

Since 1 July 1837 - Lambeth


For Federation of Synagogues' cemeteries, see Cemeteries of the Federation of Synagogues.



Notable Jewish Connections with the London Borough of Lambeth

(courtesy Steven Jaffe)

  • Linda Ann Bellos OBE (b. 1950), businesswoman, radical feminist and gay-rights activist, was a Labour Councillor and the leader of Lambeth Borough Council from 1986 to 1988. Her mother, Renee Sackman, was Jewish.

  • John Bercow (b.1963), Conservative MP for Buckingham 1997-2019 and Speaker of the House of Commons 2009-2019, was a Conservative Councillor on Lambeth Borough Council (1986-1990).

  • Simon Cowell (b. 1959) television personality and music industry executive, creator of the X Factor and Got Talent franchises, was born in Lambeth. He has Jewish ancestry through his father, Eric Selig Phillip Cowell (19181999).

  • Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Lipton CBE (1900-1978) who was born in Sunderland, was Labour MP for Brixton 1945-1974, and on the abolition of the Brixton seat, for Lambeth Central from 1974 until his death.

  • Nathan Marock JP, (1905-1963) a member of Brixton synagogue, became Mayor of Lambeth in 1955.

  • Lord Mishcon of Lambeth QC, DL (1915-2006) senior partner of the law firm Mishcon de Reya, was born in Brixton, the son of Rabbi Arnold Mishcon of Brixton synagogue. Labour councillor for Brixton and later Lambeth on London County Council (194664), and its successor, the Greater London Council, 19641967. An accomplished negotiator in the political, legal and communal arenas, he was the first practicing solicitor to be made an honorary QC. Holding a number of Jewish community positions, he was Vice-President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, 19671973. He was made a peer in 1978.

  • Jonathan Myerson (b. 1960 in Cardiff), dramatist and novelist, writing principally for television and radio, was a Labour Councillor on Lambeth Borough Council, 2002-2006.

  • Aubrey Solomon (later known as Abba Eban) (1915-2002) Israel's leading 20th century diplomat and foreign minister, during his childhood lived at 12 Kennington Park Road in Lambeth.

  • Jack Westbury (1904-1987) warden of Brixton synagogue and United Synagogue Council member, was Mayor of Lambeth in 1970. The Westbury housing estate in Lambeth is named after him.

  • The Imperial War Museum on Lambeth Road houses the largest display of material relating to the Holocaust in the UK. Its Holocaust galeries span two floors of the museum.

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

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Lambeth

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