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Samuel Finburgh, MP

16 Elul 5695 (14 September 1935)

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Date of death:
16 Elul 5695 (14 September 1935)
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Rainsborough Cemetery, Prestwich



346 Bury New Road Salford (1901)
Lyndhurst Upper Park Road, Broughton (1929)

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North Manchester Synagogue
Manchester Board of Shechita
Board of Deputies of British Jews
Manchester City Council
Alderman, Seedley Ward
Salford Council
Chairman of the Baths and Water Committee
Houses of Parliament
MP (Conservative) for North Salford


North Manchester Synagogue
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Samuel Finburgh, MP

The British Jewish Community in British Politics. Geoffrey Alderman P 110, 1983

In October 1926 (Sam Finburgh) .. stole the Zionist limelight in the Commons, hitherto focused largely upon the Labour party, by organizing a ‘Parliamentary Palestine Committee’, an unashamed pressure group, consisting oiriginally of 37 Conservative MPs, 19 Labour members and 7 Liberals, whose aim it was to support ‘the Balfour Declaration and ... the polity of Great Britain as the Mandatory power’. In 1927 Finburgh and another Jewish Conservative MP, Isidore Salmon, also a member of the Board of Deputies, blocked a private members’ bill to prohibit shechita. The same year the Member for North Salford launched an all-out attack on the Government’s Aliens Amendment Bill. He told Conservative MPs ‘that if this Aliens Bill goes through there will be an outcry in those constituencies which they represent’. The Bill was dropped.

Jewish Chronicle Obituary, 03 May 1935

ALDERMAN SAMUEL FINBURGH, J.P, (Manchester) The death occurred at Southport, last Friday, of Alderman Samuel Finburgh, J P., the well-known comunual worker, in his sixty ninth year. Alderman Finburgh, whose home was at " Lyndhurst," Broughton Park, Salford, had gone to Southport in the hope of recruiting his strength, and his sudden death came us as a great shock not only to the Manchester and Salford Jewish Community but to the general public in both cities, among whom he was held in the highest esteem and regard. He had, it might be said, synthesised to the greatest degree his duty to the Jewish people with his duty in the wider world of general citizenship, and in the one his qualities received long recognition, culminating in February last year in his election as President of the Council of Manchester and Salford Jews, a position which is acknowledged as the lay headship of the local Jewish Community. In the other sphere recognition was shown by his election as Mayor of Salford in 1929-30, an office he filled with distinction, and further in his election in 1924 as Member of Parliament for the North Salford Division.
Samuel Finburgh came to England as a child and received his early training and education in Liverpool and Middlesbrough. He came to Manchester about forty years ago and established the firm of S. Finburgh and Sons, Ltd., Calico Printers. His energies soon found further outlet in communal work, and the high offices he held at various times included the Presidency of the North Manchester Synagogue (of which he was a founder) the Presidency of the Higher Broughton Congregation (where at the time of his death he was a Trustee and an “Elder" on the Committee”and the Presidency of the Shechita Board. He was a member of the Jewish Board of Deputies (representing Higher Broughton), VicePresident of the Jewish Board of Guardians, Joint Treasurer of the Manchester Committee of the Central British Fund for German Jewry, and was an active supporter in various capacities of the Jewish Soup Kitchen, the Talmud Torah, the Homes for Aged and Needy Jews, the Fresh-Air Home at Delamere, the Manchester Zionist Association, and many other institutions. After long Executive office on the Communal Council, he was elected President on the retirement of Mr Nathan Laski.
In June, 1915, the deceased was returned as Councillor for the North Ward in Salford, and in 1920 he became a J.P. In 1929-30 his tenure of office as Mayor of Salford was notable for the way in which he and Mrs. Finburgh devoted themselves to the welfare of the citizens. A further honour he received was his appointment in 1932 as Alderman for the Seedley Ward. For many years he served on several of the Salford Council's important committees, and was Chairman of the Baths and Water Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Finance Committee. It was largely through Alderman Fiuburgh's staunch advocacy of the Jewish need that the Council made its annual grant in recent years to the Jewish Board of Guardians (£800 was granted this year). A Conservative in politics, he was Chairman of the anti Socialist Group of the Council, and was Vice President of the North Ward Conservative Association. In 1924 he was returned as a Member of Parliament till 1929, but did not seek re-election because of indifferent health. His energetic championship in the House of the “aliens " threatened by new and unfavourable legislation will be long remembered. He was successful in securing the exemption of the Jewish method of slaughter from the Scottish Bill regulating the slaughter of animals, and maintained constant vigilance in the House in any matters relating to Shechita. While he was a Member of Parliament he gave proof of his intense Zionist interest by trying to form a Palestine Committee, and he was an English delegate at that time to the World Zionist Congress. The services which Samuel Finburgh rendered to the Jewish people are inestimable, and his own local community in particular will miss him grievously. Besides his innate Jewish spirit, fostered by Jewish upbringing, he possessed a geniality, a good humour, unfailing patience and an “approachability " which endeared him to Jew and Gentile alike. The community will find it extremely difficult to fill the place left by the passing of Samuel Finburgh. He is survived by a widow, a daughter, and three sons. The funeral was on Sunday at the Rainsough Cemetery, Prestwich. Rabbi Dr. S. M. Lehrman and the Rav. V. Schlesinger officiated. Tributes to the memory of the deceased were paid by Mr. Percy Macbeth, the Salford Stipendiary Magistrate; who, before opening the business of the Court on Friday, spoke of the deep sense of loss all sections of the community felt at the passing of Alderman Finburgh. Mr. H. S. Holmes, on behalf of the legal profession, ant Chief Superintendent Hodgson, for the Chief Constable and the members of the Salford Police Force, associated themselves with the tribute. We have received tributes to the memory of Alderman Finburgh from Rabbi Dr. S. M. Lehrman, the Rev. Jacob Phillips, Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, the Rev. A. Newman (Leicester), Rabbi Israel Abrahams, Mr. David J. Lichtenstein (Oxford), Mr. H. Gaventa, and Mr. Samuel A. Claff (Southport). Rabbi Dr. A. E. Silverstone paid a tribute to the memory of the deceased in the course of his sermon last Sabbath at the Southport Synagogue



Clara (female)
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Maurice Neville Finburgh "Neville" (male)
Abraham Tobias Finburgh "Arthur" (male)
Daniel Finburgh (male)
Rose Finburgh (female)


Father: Marjk Finburgh (male)
Parent: Rose Leah

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Type of employment:
Cotton Printer
S Finburgh & Sons Ltd.


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