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United Synagogue


United Synagogue

United Synagogue
United Synagogue logo
Abbreviation The US
Formation 1870[1] (1965 as a registered charity)
Founder Nathan Marcus Adler[1]
Registration no. 242552
Headquarters 305 Ballards Lane, North Finchley, London, N12 8GB
64 synagogues; 40,000 members
Key people
Stephen Pack (President)
Jeremy Jacobs (Chief Executive)
Expenses £30,656,000
Source: UK Charity Commission[2][3][4]

The United Synagogue is a union of British Orthodox Jewish synagogues, representing the central Orthodox movement in Judaism. With 64 congregations, comprising 40,000 members,[2] it is the largest synagogue body in Europe.[5] The spiritual leader of the union bears the title of Chief Rabbi of Britain and the Empire - a title that bears some formal recognition by the Crown, even though his rabbinical authority is recognized only by slightly more than half of British Jews.[6]


  • History 1
  • Activities 2
  • Jewish community 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Image of Nathan Marcus Adler
Nathan Marcus Adler, Chief Rabbi and founder of the United Synagogue

The United Synagogue was mandated by an Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild, who served as president in 1910.

At the time of its inception, the United Synagogue was the dominant force in Jewish communal and religious organization,[7] though the organization lost some of its hegemony in the 1880s with mass migrations of Jews from Eastern Europe, who brought with them strains of Hassidic Judaism, Reform Judaism and secularism.

In 1887, Jewish community leader

  • Official website

External links

  • Apple, Raymond (August 2009). Apple, Raymond, ed. "Nathan Marcus Adler—Chief Rabbi, by Rabbi Raymond Apple". OzTorah. Retrieved July 2012. 
  1. ^ a b c d Newman, Aubrey (1976). The United Synagogue, 1870-1970. Routledge & K. Paul.  
  2. ^ a b Summary Information Return 2013
  3. ^ 242552 - UNITED SYNAGOGUE Charity overview
  4. ^ a b Trustees’ Report and Annual Accounts year ended 31 December 2013
  5. ^ Rocker, Simon (February 19, 2015). "Time to change: we must adapt say shul leaders".  
  6. ^ Graham, David; Vulkan, Daniel (13 May 2010), Synagogue membership in the United Kingdom in 2010,  
  7. ^ "United Synagogue". Jewish Encyclopedia. 1909. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  8. ^ "The Federation of Synagogues". Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  9. ^ Graham, David; Vulkan, Daniel. "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010". 
  10. ^ "United Synagogue". 
  11. ^ "Wake-up call over UK Palestine vote". 
  12. ^ "Constituent Members".  
  13. ^ "Hustings with Candidates for Board of Deputies". United Synagogue. 16 Apr 2015. Retrieved 2 Jul 2015. The United Synagogue in partnership with the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation invite you to attend a Hustings on 10th May at Edgware United with the candidates for these positions. 


See also

[13].Board of Deputies of British Jews It also elects deputies to the [12] United Synagogue is one of 29 members of the

Jewish community

Activities are financed mostly from charitable donations and gifts, and from dues paid by member synagogues. Some revenues are generated from some £80 million in assets and investments (mostly synagogue buildings).[4]

United Synagogue is an active supporter of Israel. The organization sponsors trips to Israel for members and youth, distributes information packages about Israel from its website, and offers courses in Israeli history and politics and Hebrew. In October 2014, it urged its members to lobby members of Parliament to oppose a motion to recognize the State of Palestine.[11]

United Synagogue provides a number of religious services to the Orthodox community, including:



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