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Bournemouth & Poole Jewish Community

Town of Bournemouth

Bournemouth, a seaside resort on the England's southern coast, has a population of about 160,000. Until 1974, it was a county borough in the county of Hampshire. In the local government reforms of 1974, it became a local government district of the administrative county of Dorset.  In 1997, it became a  unitary authority, remaining within Dorset for ceremonial purposes.


Town of Poole

Poole, a coastal town lying just to the east of Bournemouth, has a population of about 135,000. It was a municipal borough in the county of Dorset, until 1974, when it became a local government district, still within the administrative county of Dorset.  In 1997, it became a  unitary authority.

The Jewish Community

The Bournemouth Jewish community dates back to about 1905, and is one of the larger communities in the UK, partly due to its appeal as a retirement resort.  The town was also very popular as a Jewish holiday resort and, at one time, boasted quite a number of kosher hotels, of which only one remains (see Bournemouth Jewish Hotels Consigned to History as Normandie Battles On).  A number of Jews also now live in Poole, which forms single conurbation with Bournemouth.  The Bournemouth & District Jewish Representation Council covers a somewhat wider area including Southampton.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Bournemouth and Poole:

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The records in the database associated with Bournemouth and Poole include:


Boscombe Cemetery, Bournemouth, 1911 - 1998 (716 records*);
Kinson Cemetery, Bournemouth,  1955 - 2005 (867 records*);
Throop Cemetery, Bournemouth,  1996 - 2001 (77 records*).
*A search in the database may also reveal duplicates of these records on the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register (JOWBR).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Poole and neighbouring Wimborne during the 1760s (1 record); 1780s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (3 records), 1810s (5 records) and 1820s (4 records), and who were living in Bournemouth during the 1870s (1 record), 1880s (2 records), 1900s (2 records) and 1910s (1 record).

Bournemouth Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1946)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Bibliography and other sources

Bournemouth Cemetery Information (IAJGS Cemetery Project)


Jewish Congregations in Dorset

Jewish Communities of England home page



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