Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation


Although it is highly likely that there were Jews living here from medieval times, the first indication of a Jewish community in Newcastle occurs in the 1820’s .

The United Hebrew Congregation was formed in 1973 as a result of the amalgamation of The Old Hebrew Congregation, The Jesmond Congregation, and The Gosforth & Kenton Congregation.

In 1986 a new site was opened in Culzean Park incorporating a 200 seat synagogue, a mikvah and a function hall and the remaining communities amalgamated to form the United Hebrew Congregation of Newcastle upon Tyne known as the UHC.

There are presently about 350 Jews who constitute the membership of the UHC and there are probably another 300 living in the region who are not affiliated with the synagogue.

Rabbi:  Aaron Lipsey


Shacharit 7:30am (Sundays 8.30, Mondays & Thursdays 7.15, Fast days & Rosh Chodesh 7.00)
Mincha 1:30pm (Winter) / 7.30pm (Summer) (June & July 7.45pm)
Maariv 6:30pm (Winter), after Mincha (Summer)

Friday night with the commencement of Shabbat
Shacharit 9:30am
Mincha after Kiddush (winter), approx 1 hour before termination of Shabbat (Summer)
Maariv at (Summer) or approx 15 minutes after (Winter) the termination of Shabbat
Culzean Park,
Graham Park Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 284 0959

Ritual: Ashkenazi Orthodox

NE Jewish Rep Council
Tyne & Wear Museums have collected a number of interviews with Jewish people in the North East, recalling the history of the community.
Jewish Lives


  1. We are trying to arrange a visit for a group of Year 2 children, approximately 31 and 2 adults from Bedlington West End First School. We usually visit the Newcastle Reform Synagogue, and have done so for many years, however this year we have been unable to contact them via telephone or e-mail.

    Would it be possible to arrange a visit to your Synagogue on Thursday 12 July during the morning? or help us contact the Newcastle Synagogue.

    Thank you for your help.

  2. Tim Drukker

    Hello All in Newcastle,

    I am wondering if there may be available photographs of certain Heaton Cemetery Headstones, specifically Plot RN/179 (Annie Garstein), Plot RN/180 (Charles Akiva Garstein), Plot SN161 (Rev. E Drukker) and SN162 (Jessie Drukker).

    If so I should be most grateful to obtain the same.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Catherine Buckley

    My German Jewish great great grandfather David Zenner came to Newcastle from Bavaria around 1849 and worked as an analytical chemist until his sudden death in 1864. I am trying to find out whether he belonged to a congregation once he arrived in the UK. Can anyone advise me on whether there are any records extant which go back to the mid 1850s? If so, would those be held by an individual synagogue? With thanks.

  4. Morris Zebaida

    My name is MORRIS ZEBAIDA, I was the son in law of the late Henry and Dora Smith of Darlington and my late wife was Jill Lotte Smith -Zebaida.
    I would like to contact any one who knew Henry or Dora Smith of my late wife Jill
    I move to Israel in April 2017

    Thank you

  5. Jonny Rothfield

    Hi. I’m trying to find out where my grandfather, Marcus Leopold Rothfield (dob 24 Feb 1898) is buried. I have 3 grandparents buried in Hazelrigg but I know he isn’t there. Could you let me know who I could contact to find out?

    Many thanks

    Jonny Rothfield

  6. Richard

    i am not jewish but interested in the community in newcastle. I used to walk past the synagogue in Gosforth as a child and always wondered what is was like inside. I liked listening to the peoples stories.

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