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Newcastle upon Tyne Jewish Community

City of Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne, with a population of about 260,000 is the principal city of North East of England, lying on north bank of the river Tyne a few miles inland from the North Sea coast.  The present boundaries date from 1974, when the metropolitan borough of Newcastle upon Tyne was formed, within the then new metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear.  Newcastle became a unitary authority in 1986 when Tyne and Wear lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.  Until 1974, Newcastle was a county borough and part of the county of Northumberland.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Jewish Community

There was a small medieval Jewish community in Newcastle. The modern community is believed to date from 1775.

Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Newcastle upon Tyne include:


Elswick Cemetery, 1859-1963 (683 records)
Hazelrigg Cemetery, 1924-1990 (1,199 records*)
Heaton Cemetery, 1905 -1990 (364 records*)
Ravensworth Cemetery, 1905 -1990 (408 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 Newcastle during the 1780s (1 record), 1800s (4 records), 1820s (1 record), 1830s (3 records), 1840s (33 records), 1850s (84 records), 1860s (25 records), 1870s (16 records), 1880s (10 records), 1890s (2 records), 1900s (3 records) and 1910s (1record).

The Jewish Congregations

The first synagogue in Newcastle upon Tyne, in Temple Street, was founded  in about 1837. The following is a list of congregations that are, or were, considered to be part of the Newcastle Jewish Community:

Some of the above congregations had former or alternative names, as follows: 

Articles on the Newcastle Jewish Community

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Newcastle by Cecil Roth, 1950. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Jewish Population Data




400 families
400 families

First Jewish residents
Community established (8 October)
(The Jewish Communities of North East England 1755-1980 - L. Olsover)

(The Jewish Year Book 1896)
(The Jewish Year Book 1900-01)
(The Jewish Year Book 1935)
(The Jewish Year Book 1947)
(The Jewish Year Book 1956)
(The Jewish Year Book 1966)

(The Jewish Year Book 1991)
(The Jewish Year Book 2000)
(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Other Newcastle Jewish Information

Jewish Property and Heritage & Places of Local Interest

Bibliography and other sources

 Newcastle Cemetery Information (IAJGS Cemetery Project)

Jewish Congregations in Tyne and Wear

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used


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