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St Annes Hebrew Congregation
Lancashire's orthodox community by the seaside
guarantees all visitors a very warm welcome

Come to our Kiddush every Shabbat

Enjoy a host of social and educational events throughout the year

News & Events


Invitation to ‘A Jewish Woman’s Journey to Success’

You are warmly invited to ‘A Jewish Woman’s Journey to Success’ an online Jewish Women’s networking event with Dr Janét Aizenstros, Chairwoman and CEO of Ahava Group Global. CJWN is a network of remarkable Jewish women who come together to share experiences, positively impact on the wider world, provide a platform and support structure and we are delighted to partner with the National Council of Jewish Women […]

The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers  by Rebbetzen Anna Bergson  ‘Anna with Firdosh (left) and Zubin (right) (Photo taken after Shabbos!)   As you know, (or perhaps didn’t) we live during the week in Manchester so that our children can be in school and then pack up and re-locate to St Anne’s for Yom Tov and Shabbos […]

Sidney Poitier and the Jewish Waiter

Sidney Poitier and the Jewish Waiter who Taught Him How to Read The famous actor found success after a kindly Jewish waiter taught him to read. Sidney Poitier, who died last week at the age of 94, was a towering presence for much of his life. The first Black Hollywood movie star, Poitier was the […]

Moses: A Man for all Seasons

Moses: A Man for all Seasons Peter Beyfus What do you know about Moses? Most people have an image of a man with a long beard, no not God, staff in hand, leading a vast multitude through a wilderness, bound for the Promised Land; and that is not to forget the crossing of the Red […]

Chief Rabbi’s secret mission

Chief Rabbi’s secret mission for Manchester mother in twins custody battle Revealed: Rabbi Mirvis flew to Vienna to help British woman caught in decade-long fight for children   by JENNIFER LIPMAN   JANUARY 06, 2022 Trauma: Beth Alexander (Photo: Blake Ezra) The Chief Rabbi secretly flew to Austria in an unprecedented mercy mission help a British […]

“Tell them that you heard Freda Wineman, and she survived the Holocaust.”

Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman’s ‘remarkable life’ remembered following death at 98 Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Shoah educators lead heartfelt tributes to French-born survivor who was “softly spoken” and “exuded warmth and charm” Freda Wineman (© Blake Ezra Photography Ltd) The “remarkable life” of Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman has been remembered following her death at […]

“I will wear it with pride,”

On New Year’s Eve 1941, members of the Jewish ‘Dror’ underground in Vilna gathered in Anton Schmid’s apartment. What is so noteworthy about this particular meeting? Schmid was a German Army Corporal who was risking his life to help save Jews in the ghetto. To express their gratitude to Schmid, these Jewish young people told […]

The Story of the First Israeli Flag

This Remarkable Woman Made the First Israeli Flag in Jerusalem By Frieda R. F. Horwitz 28.12.2021 “I have waited my entire lifetime to see the rebirth of a Jewish state. I do not intend to miss it.” Photo from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People at the National Library of Israel […]

Jews are still alive and still singing.

  Simon Wiesenthal, born December 31, 1908. – Rabbi Marvin Hier reflecting on Simon Wiesenthal’s birthday. “One day Simon called and said that he would like to celebrate his 90th birthday with a few friends in Vienna. I asked him where he would like to celebrate. He said, ‘I have one unfulfilled wish, to have […]

Staff Problems ?

Staff Problems? By Peter Beyfus I am sure there are few people who have not seen, at least once, Cecil B DeMille’s 1956 epic The Ten Commandments; and that film, perhaps more than any other pictorial influence from the Renaissance to the present day, has left in the viewer’s mind an indelible image of Moses, […]

The Dutch Watchmaker

The Inspiring Story Of Corrie Ten Boom, The Dutch Watchmaker Who Saved 800 Jews From The Holocaust By Kaleena Fraga | Checked By Jaclyn Anglis December 7, 2021 From 1940 to 1944, Corrie ten Boom and her family used their home in the Netherlands as a hiding place for Jews who were fleeing the Nazis. The watchmakers had […]

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine Peter Beyfus The BBC today reported Maureen Lipman’s astute comment regarding the impact of ‘Cancel Culture’ on our liberal democracy, highlighting the danger of the drip drip erosion of personal freedom that we have witnessed since the rise of wokism and Critical Race Theory. She is rightly concerned that comedy […]

The Shortest Day

The Midrash recounts that Adam, experiencing mankind’s first winter, was struck with fear that the ever-decreasing number of hours of daylight he was experiencing represented God’s utter disappointment with his sin in the Garden of Eden. He feared that the world was slowly and inexorably reverting to its state of primeval, pre-creation “tohu vavohu” – […]

December 2021 Covid Update

Dear Member Because of the rapid rise in covid infections, we have had to take the decision to cancel, for the time being, and until further notice,  the following social activities; Bagel Breakfasts on Thursday morning and L’chaim kiddushim  on Friday nights – these will not take place. The Rabbi will make kiddush in shul […]

Gustav and Alma

Gustav and Alma: For the Love of Music By Peter Beyfus Mahler, like all people of genius, was a complex being, often embattled with his personal demons and those of an increasingly antisemitic Viennese society. In the latter part of the nineteenth century it was difficult for Jews to be accepted into professions, not least […]

The Really Jewish Food Guide 2022

Dear Friend, We are arranging the distribution of The Really Jewish Food Guide 2022.  We are offering you the opportunity to be a distributor yourself or to purchase guides for your organisation. If you would like to order any copies, at a discounted shul/community rate of £7.95 (P&P not included) please let us know. (RRP £9.95) We are also […]

2019 BC

Way back in the mists of time – in 2019 BC (Before Covid) –  there was a happy, carefree time ! People gathered together at Rabbi Danny’s to eat, drink and be merry. Look – (can you believe it) more than 6 sitting together and with bare faces. Memories ……..

A Glimpse in Time

Time capsule from 1873 goes on display but remains unopened Builders discovered the 150-year-old glass container at the Manchester Jewish Museum during renovation work.   The time capsule has gone on display for the first time A glass time capsule from 1873 has gone on display for the first time at the Manchester Jewish Museum, […]

Divine Providence

A young man named Avraham (“Avrumel”) Greenbaum lost his entire family in the Holocaust. After the war, he came to America and wanted nothing to do with Judaism. He changed his name to Aaron Green, moved to Alabama and married a woman there, who, miraculously, was Jewish. The day his oldest son Jeffrey turned thirteen, […]

Superman: A Jewish hero?

Superman: A Jewish hero?  by Peter Beyfus The BBC has launched a new programme  entitled ‘Superman and Lois’. Unlike the usual plot where the “man of steel” confronts the evil doers of the Universe, this series, along with doing battle to save us from danger, sees Clark Kent and Lois happily married with two sons, […]

Chanukah 2021 – Les Miserabble

Ladies and Gentlemen, I know you’ve hardly been able to contain your excitement for the past few weeks, in anticipation of the star studded spectacular you’re about to see. Despite the fact that Steven Spielberg has been constantly phoning, texting, WhatsApping and generally making a nuisance of himself begging for our Alte Macher Players to […]

Prime Minister honours teen

Prime Minister honours teen who co-wrote great-grandmother’s Auschwitz memoir ‘This is the signal for me and Lily to keep going, and to spread Lily’s messages and Holocaust testimony even further’, said Dov Forman, 17 By JEWISH NEWS REPORTER    Prime Minister, Boris Johnson meets Holocaust survivor, Lily Ebert while hosting a Chanukah reception with the Chief […]

Help us create our new project Thank you for being a part of our last project “Connecting Small Histories” I am pleased to let you know that our final report has been approved and the project is complete. We also received some particularly complementary comments from our funder National Lottery Heritage Fund. The JSCN HERITAGE HUB is the active […]

Honouring the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Genesis Prize Foundation honoured the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with the Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Lord Sacks for his extraordinary role in inspiring the next generation of Jews, and his illustrious life-long work as a teacher of Jewish values and an advocate of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. The President of […]

Krakow & Oskar Schindler

22 Elul – Krakow & Oskar Schindler – 1939 On this day in 1939, the Nazis took control of the town of Krakow in Poland.  The city surrendered immediately avoiding the destruction that befell other Polish cities like Warsaw, Bialystok, and Levov. Krakow had been a strong Jewish community since the 13th century and was […]

Television review: Valley of Tears

The Jewish Chronicle : Television review: Valley of Tears Josh Howie    November 21, 2021  This drama about the Yom Kippur war is like a Woody Allen film transposed to the Golan Heights. The 10 part series is showing on More4 (Photo: HBO) With cinema and television placing ever more import on representation, you’d think […]

Rabbi Danny on the Radio

BBC Radio Manchester Click on the link below, then Rabbi Danny is on at 2hrs 38mins ! First is  ‘Thought For The Day’ followed by an Amy Winehouse track then Rabbi Danny comments on three news stories The link stays forever so you can still listen. He is on again on 21st January at 8.30am […]

When Kate met Arek and Ike

Duchess of Cambridge meets Shoah survivors who found ‘paradise’ in Lake District Kate took a boat trip on Lake Windermere with Arek Hersh and Ike Alterman, both 93, who more than 75 years ago were part of a 300-strong group known as The Windermere Children   The Duchess of Cambridge spent time in the Lake […]

The Soirees Begin Again

After a long 2 year pause due to Covid, the monthly soirees hosted by Rabbi Danny and Rebetzen Anna at their home, finally began again last night – 15th November 2021. The discussion centred around upcoming Chanukah, and as always, became quite lively.  It was accompanied by a table that groaned with food (including a […]

A Man Walked into a Shul …

Absolutely phenomenal!! An Israeli Mizrachi man walked into the Great Synagogue in Italy (Florence) and started singing Oseh Shalom…just wow! When the Nazis occupied Florence, this very synagogue was the headquarters for Nazi artillery storage. When the Nazis were retreating, the entire building was wired to be blown up. The Nazis dragged their wires several […]

“I was born a Jew…and I will die a Jew”

𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐨𝐫, 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐲, 𝐠𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐞𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲   “I was born a Jew…and I will die a Jew”   Listen here – or anywhere you get your podcasts by searching for Humans of The Fed   To coincide with the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass – we bring you a very special podcast.   Itzik Alterman – Ike, […]

Thank You, Southport !

On Sunday 7th November, Southport Synagogue invited St. Anne’s Synagogue to an absolutely splendid HiTea with Entertainment. I can honestly say, St. Anne’s had a whale of a time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank You Southport !                

JSCN Really Great Events Coming Up

Scroll down to see flyers. 10 November 7pm CAREN GARFEN artist in conversation about her work “FRAGMENTS” and other pieces, exploring race and discrimination of Jewish people. 16th November 10.30am VIVIEN CHURNEY author talks about her book “The Scars We Share” 29th November 6.30pm MUSCIAL CHANUKAH CANDLE LIGHTING 30th November 7.30pm COOK ALONG CHANUKAH with […]

Spain is Looking For You

Spain wants to find descendants of 5,200 Jews saved by the ‘Spanish Schindler’ Ángel Sanz Briz saved 5,200 Jewish Hungarians by issuing fake passports and buying 11 apartment buildings as safe havens, but the anti-Israel Franco regime stifled his legacy   Using an expired Spanish law that extended citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled […]


Rabbi Danny BergsonWe were delighted to welcome our new Rabbi, Danny Bergson, along with Rebbetzen Anna and their 5 children, who joined us at St Anne’s Hebrew Congregation in August 2018.

Prior to this, he spent 6 years as Rabbi at Pinner United Synagogue and before that at Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow.

He succeeds Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag, who went on to become Community Rabbi at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue.

Rabbi Bergson is also the Chaplain to the Jewish Students in the Manchester Region under UJC.

Danny holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and so is particularly delighted to be able to give back to students providing them opportunities to connect and explore their identity as well as supporting students through any challenges whilst at University .

Danny is also a passionate musician, singing and playing guitar.

As well as a beautiful singing voice, Rabbi Danny’s inspirational weekly blog is eagerly awaited and read by members.

Both Rabbi Danny and Anna find time to be very active in the community, and hold regular educational socials and events.

The official induction of Rabbi Danny is 16th June 2019.


You can contact the Rabbi either via email or by phone.

The Synagogue, Orchard Road,
St Annes-on-Sea,

01253 721831


Rabbi Danny Bergson

Daniel Rose Hall

Daniel Rose Hall


Our function/banqueting hall sits parallel with the synagogue, and shares the same main entrance on Orchard Road.

Its 1940's oak panelling and light airy windows provide a welcoming and flexible space for all sorts of events, meetings and celebrations.

To view it - CLICK HERE - and to obtain full details of all the facilities available, please contact our office...

01253 721831