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Bradford Jewish Community

City of Bradford

The officially-named City of Bradford Metropolitan District, in northern England, has a population of nearly half a million.  The present boundaries date from 1974, when the county borough of Bradford was merged with a number of other localities from West Riding of Yorkshire (including the district of Ilkley) to form the metropolitan district within the then new metropolitan county of West Yorkshire.  Bradford became a unitary authority in 1986 when West Yorkshire lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county. 

Bradford Jewish Community

The Jewish community of the Greater Bradford area dates from the mid-nineteenth century and at its highest point (in the period following World War II) numbered no more than approximately 1,000 individuals. As with many provincial communities, its growth was due primarily to three separate waves of immigrants, the first of German Jews arriving in the years 1830 to 1870, next of Jews fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe in the years 1880 to 1905 and thirdly of Jews from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia seeking refuge from Nazism in the late 1930's.

(See "Making Their Mark" http://www.bradfordjewish.org.uk - a website dedicated to the Jews of Bradford and their history.)

Search the Records of the Bradford Jewish Cemeteries, with images

Records of burials, plus photographs of the headstones, in the following cemeteries:

  • Bradford Synagogue (Reform) Cemetery, in use from 1877 (over 200 interments); and

  • Bradford Hebrew Congregation (Orthodox) Cemetery in use from 1912  (over 400 interments).

Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Bradford include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Bradford during the 1820s (2 records), 1840s (10 records), 1850s (34 records), 1860s (3 records), 1870s (10 records), 1880s (8 records), 1890s (2 records) and 1900s (3 records).

Jewish Congregations

The following Congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Bradford Community:

The following are former or alternative names of the above congregations:

  • Bradford Reform Synagogue - see Bradford Synagogue for British and Foreign Jews

  • Bowland Street Synagogue- see Bradford Synagogue for British and Foreign Jews

  • Jewish Association - see Bradford Synagogue for British and Foreign Jews

  • Houghton Place Synagogues - see Bradford Hebrew Congregation

  • Kirkgate Synagogue - see Bradford New Hebrew Orthodox Congregation

  • Spring Gardens Synagogue- see Bradford Hebrew Congregation

  • Springhurst Road Synagogue- see Bradford Hebrew Congregation

Articles on the Bradford Jewish Community

Photographs of the Bradford Community

Paper on Bradford 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.


Bradford Jewish Population Data


First Jewish inhabitant (Jacob Behrens)


30 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1896)



(The Jewish Year Book 1901)



(The Jewish Year Book 1910)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1950)



(The Jewish Year Book 1955)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Other Bradford Jewish Information

Jewish Property and Heritage & Places of Local Interest

Bibliography and other sources

Bradford Section of IAJGS Cemetery Project Website


Jewish Congregations in West Yorkshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used



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