Hamburger, Sir Sidney

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HAMBURGER, SIR SIDNEY (1914–2001), British communal leader. Hamburger was probably the most prominent leader of the Jewish community in Manchester in the last decades of the 20th century. He served as mayor of Salford (a part of Greater Manchester) in 1968–69 and was concerned with a wide variety of Jewish and public causes in Manchester. For many London Jews, he was the public face of Jewish Manchester during the latter part of the 20th century. Hamburger was a member of British Mizrachi and was closely associated with fundraising for Bar-Ilan University. He was knighted in 1981. He was seen as perhaps the last in a long line of leading Jews resident in Manchester with a local power base independent of London Jewry.


B. Williams, Sir Sidney Hamburger and Manchester Jewry: Religion, City, and Community (1999).

[William D. Rubinstein (2nd ed.)]