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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. 

The 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.


Jewish Congregations

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

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




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).


On-line Articles and Other Material
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Bradford Jewish Cemetery Information

Bradford's Jewish Cemetery, are at Scholemoor Cemetery, Necropolis Road, Scholemoor Road, Lidget Road, and consist of two sections.

  • The Reform Section, first burial 1877 and still in use.

  • The Orthodox Section, opened 1886 and still in use.

  • See above for Database for burials at above cemeteries.

(For additional information, see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Bradford)


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)

Jewish Congregations in West Yorkshire

Jewish Communities of England home page



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