30 Pryme Street,
Tel: 01482 653150
Ritual: Ashkenazi Orthodox
Date Founded: 2 April 1995 – replacing the Hull Western Synagogue and the Hull Old Hebrew Congregation
Rabbi Naftoli Lifschitz became the congregation’s rabbi in 2012. He was inducted by the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, on his visit to Yorkshire in May 2014.
In his address, the Chief Rabbi said Rabbi Lifschitz had made the community more active and vibrant, having speedily established a strong rapport with his congregants. In an emotional response, the minister said he felt responsible for keeping the community alive and ensuring it thrived in the future.
Shul president Jonathan Levine, who presented Gateshead-born Rabbi Lifschitz with a tallit to mark the occasion, said he had “breathed new life into the community with increased Jewish education, communal functions and cholent lunches. We have acquired several new members and encouraged the non-affiliated to attend. “I am pleased that Rabbi Mirvis was able to induct our new rabbi so early in his ministry. He said it was music to his ears to hear of Hull’s successes.”
Hull’s first recorded Jewish inhabitant in 1766 was Michael Levy, a watchmaker. In 1788 a local jeweller, Aaron Jacobs, created an ‘elegant crown’ to adorn the brow of King William the Third’s (King Billy) equestrian statue on the centenary celebration of his victory over King James the Second.
The family responsible for the Max Factor cosmetics giant sprang from humble beginnings in Hull’s Osborne Street before emigrating to the USA.