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Oxford Jewish Community

City of Oxford

The university city of Oxford, situated in south central England on a section of the river Thames known as the river Isis, has a population of over 135,000.  It was a county borough until 1974, when it became a local government district of the administrative county of  Oxfordshire.

Oxford Jewish Community

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The records in the database associated with Oxford include:


Extracts for Oxford for 1841 / 1851 / 1861 / 1871 / 1881 / 1891 / 1901 /  1911 (395 records)

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Oxford during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (1 record), 1800s (3 records), 1810s (1 record); 1820s (1 record), 1830s (7 records), 1840s (30 records), 1850s (53 records), 1860s (29 records), 1870s (22 records), 1880s (12 records) and 1890s (7 records).

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist, or existed, in Oxford:

Articles on the Oxford Jewish Community

Articles by Harold Pollins originally published in the Oxford Menorah (21 articles) 1993 - 2015

Press Reports about the Oxford Jewish Community (1844 - 2011) (excluding those during WWII) compiled by Harold Pollins

Press Reports about the Oxford Jewish Community during WWII compiled by Harold Pollins

Oxford Synagogue - an article, dated 28 September 1849, from the Jewish Chronicle.

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Oxford by Cecil Roth, 1950. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Paper on Oxford from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain" papers for a conference at University College, London, convened by the Jewish Historical Society of Great Britain. Prepared by Aubrey Newman - 6th July 1975.  Reproduced here with his kind consent.

Oxford Synagogue - Memories - an article dated 26 August 1955, by K. R. A. Hart from the Jewish Chronicle.

Oxford - City of Sweetness - an article dated 20 October 1978 on the Oxford Jewish community, its history, characters, buildings and institutions from the Jewish Chronicle.

The Oxford Story, an article dated January 2003, on the Oxford Jewish Congregation by Jesmond Blumenfeld, (originally appeared in the Edinburgh Star, the magazine of the Edinburgh Jewish community, and has been reprinted and appears on the Oxford Jewish Congregation website).

Oxford Jewish Community - a Brief History, dated 13 June 2003, by Harold Pollins

Oxford’s Forgotten Sons and Daughters - an article dated 5 February 2011 from the Oxford Mail on Oxford's rich Medieval Jewish history.

Memorial Marks City's Old Jewish Cemetery - an on-line article dated 8 July 2012 in the Oxford Mail on Oxford's Medieval Jewish cemetery.

Oxford Jewish Casualties during the Great War, an article by Harold Pollins published in The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society, volume 65, pages 92-101, November 2014.

Additional articles are to be found on the Oxford Jewish Congregation page.

External Links

Oxford Jewish Heritage (history) at http://www.oxfordjewishheritage.co.uk

Oxford Jewish Population Data

(excluding student population)



(The Jewish Year Book 1896/7)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

*The source also gives the Jewish student population as 12 in 1896.


Oxford Jewish Cemetery Information

The Oxford Jewish Cemetery page of the Oxford Jewish Heritage website,
which includes a downloadable list of all burials in the Jewish Cemetery

IAJGS Cemetery Project - Oxford


Other Oxford Jewish Information

Bibliography and other sources

Oxford Medieval Jewish Community

Jewish Congregations in Oxfordshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used




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