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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

There was a medieval Jewish community in Guildford - 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 modern 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.

Jewish Congregations

Below are the Jewish congregations known to have existed in Guildford in modern times:


Guildford Jewish Population Data


about 100

(The Jewish Year Book 1996)


about 150

(The Jewish Year Book 1981)


about 120

(The Jewish Year Book 1986)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 1998)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Guildford Cemetery Information - IAJGS Cemetery Project

Guildford Medieval Community

Jewish Congregations in Surrey

Jewish Communities of England home page




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