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 time the part of our site housing the old shul was sold to developers who have now built a care home.
Our UK registered charity number is 501067.
Rosh Hashanah Appeal 2016/5777
This year our Rosh Hashanah appeal is for funds to enable us to continue to provide the wide range of essential communal activities that many of us take for granted.
These include the provision of regular religious services; the maintenance of a purpose built community centre; the services of a full-time Rabbi; providing an essential kosher facility for the whole of the community; the maintenance of a communal mikvah and regular social activities and pastoral support to those members in need.
Shul membership fees only cover part of our considerable expenditure. In order to continue to provide – and hopefully expand – the range of facilities, together with maintaining the security and protection of our buildings and congregants, it is essential that we raise additional funds.
Thank you for supporting Birmingham Central Synagogue’s activities. We appreciate you making a donation to us which will help us provide services to our members, visitors, students and the wider community.