Birmingham Central Synagogue
Full Time Rabbi/Rebbetzen Team Required
With the planned departure in April 2014 - after Pesach - of Rabbi Chanan and Rebbetzen Nechama Atlas, we are now seeking an inspirational and charismatic Rabbi/Rebbetzen team as we enter an exciting phase of renewal in our community, having recently moved into a state-of-the-art shul and community centre after a major redevelopment of the Speedwell Road site.
For week commencing Sunday 9th March 2014
Services are at Central Synagogue except Minchah Mon-Thurs, which is at Singers Hill.
Thursday is the Fast of Esther, beginning 4:45am ending 6:49pm.
Shabbat Tzav begins at 5:52pm and ends at 6:59pm. Purim begins motzei Shabbat.
Download Shabbat & Yom Tov times (PDF) for 5774 (2013/14)
Please note that visitors who are not known to the synagogue should call the office in advance, before attending services. Due to security requirements, visitors who arrive unannounced may be denied access.
Birmingham Central Synagogue
An informal, warm and welcoming provincial community atmosphere exists at Birmingham Central Synagogue, just a short distance from the city centre. The Birmingham Jewish Ashkenazi Orthodox community was established in a private house in Belgrave Road in 1883 before moving to Wrottesley Street in 1900 and then to Bristol Street in 1928, taking over a former Methodist Hall. In 1961 a small group of dedicated, hard working individuals acquired the large plot of land in Edgbaston and build a 700-seater Synagogue and large community function hall.
In February 2013, after several years of planning, redevelopment work started to completely refurbish the old community hall and turn it into a modern fit-for-purpose shul, function hall, kitchen, classrooms and community lounge. In August 2013, just before Rosh Hashanah, we moved into the new building at which the part of our site housing the old shul was sold to developers who will be constructing a care home over the coming year.
In November 2013, Central Deli was launched as a facility for kosher food, including fresh bread, meats and delicatesen products. Central Deli is operated by Mr Mark Gee, of the former "Gees Delicatesen", who has been serving the Birmingham and West Midlands Jewish community for several generations.
Whilst the formal services are a perfect mix of tradition yet modern, Birmingham Central Synagogue is so much more than just a place for Jewish people to pray. The membership spans a wide range of ages and aims to cater for them all.
Daily and weekly learning sessions for a variety of ages and abilities are offered including a Gemara shiur, Chumash Rashi, talks on topical subjects as part of our monthly "Central Forum" after kiddush on Shabbat and, of course, a short daily dose of Halachah (law) at the end of all services.
The first choice of the student population in Birmingham, Central Synagogue families are renowned for their legendary hospitality to all and many strong friendships have been formed with students over a good single malt and satisfying cholent!
Birmingham Central Synagogue is the beacon of modern orthodoxy in the West Midlands and welcomes people of all levels of observance to a warm, friendly and hospitable community. Membership enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the shul office.