Dear Rabbi,

How long has there been a community in Great Portland Street?

Answer:

The Central Synagogue has been in Great Portland Street, London, in one form or another for more than 155 years. Today’s synagogue was rebuilt and reconsecrated in 1958, after the original building was destroyed in a bombing raid on 10 May 1941.

The history of the Central Synagogue is an integral part of the proud history of Anglo-Jewry. It is the last remaining Synagogue from the original five United Synagogues founded with the sanction of an Act of Parliament in 1870.  It has played a noble part in the life and activities of the Jewish Community here in London. Its archives are full of outstanding figures who have contributed enormously to the welfare and prosperity of the Jewish and wider community.

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