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Guildford Jewish Community

Town of Guildford

Guildford, the county town of Surrey (although not currently its administrative centre), in southeast England, has a population of about 70,000.  Guildford was a municipal borough until 1974, when it merged with the Guildford Rural District to form the local government district, later borough, of Guildford, within the county of Surrey.


The Guildford Jewish Community

A chamber was discovered in Guildford High Street in 1995, which is widely believed to be the remains of a twelfth century synagogue. If is indeed the remains of a synagogue, it is likely to be the oldest remaining synagogue structure in Western Europe.

The Jewish community is believed to date back to the early twentieth century.  During World War II, a number of Jews were evacuated to Guildford and United Synagogue Membership Group was formed.  The community grew following the war, although a synagogue was not built until 1979.

The following are the only Jewish congregation known to have existed in Guildford in modern times:


Jewish Population Data

1965
1980
1985
1990
1997
2004  

ca. 100
ca. 150
ca. 120
125
100
383

(The Jewish Year Book 1966)
(The Jewish Year Book 1981)

(The Jewish Year Book 1986)
(The Jewish Year Book 1991)
(The Jewish Year Book 1998)

(The Jewish Year Book 2005)


Other Guildford Jewish Information

Guildford Cemetery Information - IAJGS Cemetery Project

Guildford Medieval Community


Jewish Congregations in Surrey

Jewish Communities of England home page

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