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Dudley Jewish Community and Synagogue

Dudley, West Midlands

 

              

         
 
 
Page created: 25 April 2006
Latest revision or update: 19 February 2013
 

Town of Dudley

Dudley, with a population of about 195,000, lying to the south of Wolverhampton, became a metropolitan borough in 1974 within the newly created metropolitan county of West Midlands in Central England.  In 1986, Dudley became a unitary authority, when West Midlands lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial and geographical county.  Dudley had been a county borough from 1898 and was an enclave of the county of Worcestershire surrounded by the county of Staffordshire. In 1966 it was transferred to Staffordshire and its boundaries were expanded by the incorporation of adjoining areas of Staffordshire.


Jewish Community and Synagogue

There was a small Jewish community (or a least a number of Jewish families) in Dudley from the mid-nineteenth century into the beginning of the twentieth century. According to one source (Religious Worship Census of 1851, as reported in V. Lipman's "Survey of Anglo Jewry in 1851"), a synagogue was established in 1848, and at the time of the census the average male Sabbath attendance was only 10.    By 1871 (according to reports in the Jewish Chronicle), the synagogue had been closed for some time and attempts were then being made to establish a new one and there was an appeal for funds for a synagogue. At the time, the congregation had a President; a Treasurer and an Honorary Secretary. However, there are no reports of the synagogue having been re-established although there were reports from time to time of services and even references to ministers for Dudley. The Jewish Year Book 1906 refers to services being held at the house of the President (a Mr. H. Cohen of 55 Wellington Road) (Our acknowledgement to Harold Pollins for information on the Dudley Community.)


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The records in the database associated with Dudley include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Dudley and nearby Stourbridge during the 1820s (1 record), 1840s (21 records), 1850s (61 records) and 1860s (2 records).
 


Articles on the Dudley Jewish Community

Notes on the Jews of Dudley taken from the Press Reports


Jewish Population Data

1871
1895
1897
1934
-    2 families and 15 young men (The Jewish Chronicle, 1 December 1871)
-    9 families (The Jewish Year Book 1896/7)
-  12 families (The Jewish Year Book 1898/9)
-  50 (The Jewish Year Book 1935)


Other Dudley Jewish Information

Bibliography


Jewish Congregations in West Midlands

Jewish Communities of England home page

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