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THE Macclesfield He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion was the fo­cal point for the large num­bers of Jews, and their busi­nesses, that were evac­u­ated from Lon­don af­ter the Septem­ber 1940 Lon­don blitz, and who set­tled in Macclesfield dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

The Con­gre­ga­tion was short-lived, with its Sy­n­a­gogue open­ing in March 1941 and ap­par­ently closing in Septem­ber 1946.

It had its own Min­is­ter, the Rev Irv­ing Chazen, as well as He­brew Classes, a WIZO (Zion­ist) branch, and an ac­tive so­cial pro­gramme.

The Sy­n­a­gogue was af­fil­i­ated to the United Sy­n­a­gogue in Lon­don, and its He­brew Classes came un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Manch­ester Board for He­brew Ed­u­ca­tion.

Its Pres­i­dent was Joshua Co­hen, a long-stand­ing res­i­dent with a suc­cess­ful drap­ery busi­ness (Hol­land & Bar­wood) in Ch­ester­gate.

At the out­break of War, there were barely a dozen Jews in Macclesfield, but the evac­u­a­tion from Lon­don, and Jewish refugees from the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion, boosted their num­bers to well over 150 peo­ple. Jewish busi­nesses that moved up from Lon­don to Macclesfield/ Bolling­ton were : J Of­fen­bach, Os­band Knitwear, BJ Friend, V&E Fried­land (later Fried­land Dog­gart), Bel­mont Tex­tiles (the Bel­mont and Lazarus fam­i­lies), H&I Franklin, and A Gold­stein.

Ober­land Silks was a Swiss-Jewish firm that came to Macclesfield in 1932, whilst Halle (Halle­modes) was thought to be of Jewish ori­gin. Pro­duc­tion was for the war ef­fort, and in­cluded a wide va­ri­ety of Mil­i­tary and Util­ity cloth­ing. It is hoped to mount an ex­hi­bi­tion in Macclesfield next Spring to com­mem­o­rate the 75th An­niver­sary of the open­ing of the Sy­n­a­gogue in Macclesfield. This was lo­cated at Charles Roe House, Ch­ester­gate, in Macclesfield. If any of your read­ers can help me to build up this fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory, could they con­tact me on 01625 426740 or by e-mail Basil Jeuda Macclesfield

●● This pic­ture was taken dur­ing a Dawn Cho­rus walk by David Wil­son at Lad­der­stile Farm. Send your images (jpeg for­mat please) to mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­ or upload them to our Flickr page at­cpics

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