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Edinburgh Jewish Community

City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city in Scotland. It is situated on the east coast of Scotland's central lowlands on the south shore of the Firth of Forth.  Since 1996, the City of Edinburgh, including surrounding villages, has constituted a self-contained unitary local authority, with a population of about 450,000, and from 1975 to 1996 it formed a district of the now defunct Lothian Region. Prior to 1975, Edinburgh was in the traditional county of Midlothian. Although Leith, the port of Edinburgh, had historically been a separate burgh, it has been administered as part of Edinburgh since 1920.

Edinburgh Jewish Community

Edinburgh is where the first professing Jew settled in Scotland, a David Brown in 1691, and where a small Jewish community grew up. The first synagogue and cemetery were opened in 1816.


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The records in the database associated with Edinburgh include:

Burials (JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register)

Braid Place Cemetery (29 records)
Echobank (Newington) Cemetery (Jewish Section) (130 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Edinburgh during the 1800s (1 record); 1810s (1 record); 1820s (24 records), 1830s (44 records), 1840s (37 records), 1850s (61 records), 1860s (10 records), 1870s (4 records), 1880s (3 records), 1900s (3 records) and 1910s (1 record).
 

 

Jewish Congregations

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

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

 

On-line Articles relating to the Edinburgh Jewish Community

on JCR-UK

on third party's website

 

Edinburgh Jewish Population Data

1691

 First record of Jewish residents

1750

 First organized Jewish community (no records)

1816

20 families   

Organization of current Jewish Community
     (Hebrew Congregation web site)

1896

250 families   

(The Jewish Year Book 1896)

1909

250 families   

(The Jewish Year Book 1910)

1934

2,000   

(The Jewish Year Book 1935)

1945

1,500   

(The Jewish Year Book 1945-6)

1954

1,400   

(The Jewish Year Book 1955)

1961

1,700   

(The Jewish Year Book 1961)

1970

1,100   

(The Jewish Year Book 1971)

1975

980   

(The Jewish Year Book 1976)

1980

700   

(The Jewish Year Book 1981)

1985

600   

(The Jewish Year Book 1986)

1990

500   

(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

2004

763   

(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

 

Other Edinburgh Jewish Information

Jewish Property and Heritage & Places of Local Interest

Bibliography and other sources 

Edinburgh Cemetery Information (IAJGS Cemetery Project)


Jewish Communities of Scotland home page
 

 

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