Western Marble Arch Synagogue

The Western Marble Arch Synagogue was founded 1761. Currently the Western Marble Arch Synagogue is a leading modern orthodox synagogue based in central London, England. The result of a merger between the Western and the Marble Arch Synagogues respectively, the synagogue offers a range of religious and social activities to its members and the wider community.

Western Synagogue

The Western synagogue was founded in 1761 in Great Pulteney Street, Westminster. The congregation, formally named, in the transliteration of the era, Hebra Kaddisha Shel Gemillith Hassadim, Westminster (Holy Congregation of the Assembly of Israel, Westminster) first met in the home of Wold Liepman, a prosperous immigrant merchant from St. Petersburg. A series of leased spaces followed until 1826 when the congregation built an elaborate synagogue in St. Alban's Place, Haymarket (London) and renamed itself The Western Synagogue..

Spiritual leadership
  • Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire and Commonwealth
  • Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld
Current Executive Board of Directors
  • His Honour Barrington Black, President
  • Mr. Steven Truman, Vice President
  • Mr. Henry Ejdelbaum, Treasurer
  • Mr. Stanley Simmonds
  • High Commissioner Mr. Bernard Silver, Warden
Seat of the Chief Rabbi

In November 2003 the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Prof Sir Jonathan Sacks accepted the position of the spiritual leader of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue, which also became his official seat on 1 May 2004.

Notable members
  • Sir Samuel Montagu, MP, (Lord Swaythling)
  • Sir Stuart Samuel
  • Viscount David de Stern
  • Constance, Lady Battersea, wife of Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea
  • Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery
  • Picciotto, Sketches of Anglo-Jewish History
  • This article incorporates text from the 1901–1906 Jewish Encyclopedia, a publication now in the public domain.

Coordinates: 51°30′54″N 0°09′33″W / 51.5151°N 0.1591°W / 51.5151; -0.1591


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