Birmingham Central United Synagogue is just a short distance from the city centre and offers a warm and welcoming provincial community atmosphere. We welcome visitors from out of town. Please let us know your requirements by contacting us in advance.


The Birmingham Jewish Ashkenazi Orthodox community was established in a private house on Belgrave Road in 1883. It moved 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 a large plot in Edgbaston and built 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 complex – Birmingham Central Synagogue and Community Centre.

An active community

Whilst the formal services are a perfect mix of traditional yet modern practice, Birmingham Central is 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.

Learning sessions for various ages and abilities are offered, including Shiurim on Gemarah, Chumash Rashi and Nach talks on topical subjects, and, of course, a short daily dose of Halachah (law) at the end of all services.

Birmingham Central is a beacon of modern orthodoxy in the West Midlands and welcomes people of all levels of observance to a warm, friendly and hospitable community.

Management of the Shul and Community Centre

The shul is managed by the Honorary Officers and Council. The current management was elected on Sunday 19th May 2024.

Honorary Officers
Alan Stanton (Chair)
Leonard Jacobs & Maurice Menir (Wardens)
Sybil Prais (Women’s Officer)
Geoffrey Clements (Financial Representative)

David Benson
Val Brown
Simon Prais
Avi Shenker

Honorary Officers will serve until May 2025.
Members of the Council will serve until May 2025.

Burial Society Co-ordinator – Richard Izon: find out more
Community Safeguarding Co-ordinator – Eve Gold: call on 0121 285 1806
Pastoral Care Co-ordinator – Alan Stanton: find out more
Representative to the Board of Deputies of British Jews – David Benson (will serve until May 2027)

Rabbinic Staff
Rabbi Yossi Hambling
Rebbetzen Channah Hambling

Professional Staff
Community Manager – Irina Oshenye
Central Deli Manager – Joy Rowe
Caretaker – Lennox Allen

Birmingham Central is a member synagogue of the United Synagogue. If you have a complaint about the shul or any of our staff, please click here to see our Complaints Policy.