History of Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation
Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation is a large Ashkenazi Orthodox synagogue located in North Manchester, United Kingdom and is currently led by Rabbi Daniel Walker. It was founded in 1935, and in 2010 had between 500 and 749 members. Under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Reverend Leslie Olsberg MBE led the congregation for 35 years until his death in 2008. Rabbi Daniel Walker succeeded him and currently heads the congregation. Yehuda Marks is the hazzan.
The Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation was formally founded in 1935. By 1999, it had a membership of 550. Reverend Leslie Olsberg retired from his position in 2008, aged 86, after 35 years' service. The congregation is housed in a 1967 red brick postwar building on Middleton Road, Crumpsall. According to architectural historian Sharman Kadish, the building is one of three Manchester area synagogues modeled on the 1934 building of Manchester's Holy Law Synagogue with its tirpartite facade in a "pleasing international style."