Birmingham Central Synagogue

A warm and welcoming provincial community atmosphere exists at Birmingham Central Synagogue, just a short distance from the city centre. We welcome visitors from out of town and we are happy to arrange hospitality and Shabbat/Yom Tov meals. Please let us know your requirements by contacting us in advance.

History

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 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 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.

Learning sessions for a variety of 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 Synagogue 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.

 

Kosher food

Following the closure of Birmingham’s last dedicated kosher butcher and delicatessen – Gees – we launched Central Deli as a facility for Kosher food, including fresh bread, meats and delicatessen products..

First for students

The first choice of the Jewish 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!

Students can affiliate with the shul by taking out a Student Membership – contact the office for more information.

Mikvah

A bright, modern Mikvah is available on site. For appointments, please contact our Mikvah Attendant on 078053676724 at least 48 hours in advance, if possible.

Central Care

Kol-Yisrael
Birmingham Central Synagogue Central Care continues a long history of the synagogue and its members providing loving kindness to its members. We pride ourselves on being a warm and caring congregation, sensitive to the needs of all our members.

Within our membership we have a group of volunteers who are able to contact by phone any member who is unwell, lonely or housebound. Calls can be arranged at times to suit, often at short notice. When permitted again, home visits can also be arranged.

We can also organise transport to Shul events and put you in touch with others in the same situation.

If you or someone you know would like to see a friendly face, or just to have a chat – be it on a one-off or regular basis – please inform the office.

Management of the Shul and Community Centre

The shul is managed by an Executive and Council. The current officers were elected on Sunday 23rd May 2021.

Executive
Geoffrey Clements (Chair and acting Financial Representative)
Ruth Jacobs (Vice-Chair)
Leonard Jacobs & Maurice Menir (Wardens)

Council
David Benson
Val Brown
Daniel Clements
Eve Gold
Richard Izon
Simon Prais
Sybil Prais
Michael Spencer
Alan Stanton

Members of the Executive will serve until May 2023.
Members of the Council will serve until May 2022.

Representative to the Board of Deputies of British Jews – David Benson

Our Safeguarding Officer is Eve Gold who has undergone training and certification by the United Synagogue.

Birmingham Central is a member synagogue of the United Synagogue. If you have a complaint about the shul or any of our staff, our official complaints policy can be found here.