Newcastle Reform Synagogue
|Newcastle Reform Synagogue|
The Croft/ off Kenton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4RF|
|Ecclesiastical or organizational status||Registered charity (number 246816)|
|Completed||1982 (the building); 1963 (the community)|
The community was founded in 1963 by children of German-Jewish refugees. After about 20 families had showed interest the previous year in forming a Reform congregation, assistance was sought from the nearest Reform synagogue, Sinai Synagogue, Leeds, who lent a Torah scroll and some prayer books. Services were held in homes, school rooms and church halls.
In 1963 the newly formed congregation bought a Methodist chapel in Derby Street, off Barrack Road, in Newcastle. This was converted into a synagogue, function hall, school rooms and a caretaker’s flat, and the congregation grew. However, eleven years later, the congregation was served with a Compulsory Purchase Order and had to abandon the building. For the next ten years the community held regular services as before, in homes, school halls and church halls. On High Holy Days it used the Newcastle City Council Chambers.
- "50th Anniversary celebrations for Newcastle Reform Synagogue". Lieutenancy of Tyne and Wear. 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
- "Community Spotlight: Newcastle Reform Synagogue". News. Movement for Reform Judaism. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
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- Movement for Reform Judaism
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- JCR-UK entry on Newcastle Reform Synagogue, including photographs
- Jewish Small Communities: Newcastle Reform Synagogue