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Some history of the Congregation of Jacob
Congregation of Jacob, now incorporating Chevra Yisroel, Bikur Cholim & Stetziver Synagogue, was the first Mizrachi Synagogue in Britain, founded in 1903 by Morris Koenigsberg and Abraham Schwalbe. It is likely that this congregation, which consisted of first generation immigrants from Poland, Lithuania and Russia; Orthodox Jews from small shtetls such as Stetziver, Kalisz and Vikaviskis met in the front room of Mr Koenigsburg's family house on Commercial Road, later occupying our present premises in 1921, which was redesigned by Lewis Solomon & Son, honorary architects to the Federation of Synagogues.
Synagogue, Shul
 
Congregation of Jacob 

Address:
351-353 Commercial Road - E1 2PS London
Telephone:
+44.(0)20 7790 2874
Open:
Shabbat
Responsible:
Rev. David Brandes; Telephone: +44.(0)20 7790 2874; Email:
Hotels within 15 min. Walking Distance:
Kehillas Ya'akov is a "valuable and venerable relic of Anglo-Jewish social history" and "one of England's last intimate folk-art Eastern European synagogues" (Dr Sharman Kadish).

It is one of three synagogues in London's East End still functioning with members from all types of trades and backgrounds. It's affiliated to three burial societies, Federation, Adath and Chesed Ve'emeth, but they retain their independence, reflected by the fact that the synagogue is owned and managed by members of the community. Kehillas Ya'akov "is a remarkable survivalů and is all the more exceptional for continuing in use as a synagogue" (English Heritage Report 2002).
Map of Congregation of Jacob

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