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Oxford Jewish Community

City of Oxford

The university city of Oxford, situated in south central England on a section of the river Thames known as the river Isis, has a population of over 135,000.  It was a county borough until 1974, when it became a local government district of the administrative county of  Oxfordshire.

Oxford Jewish Community

There was a significant medieval Jewish community in Oxford, dating from about 1075 until 1290, when Jews were banished from England. In modern times, individual Jews began settling in Oxford from the mid-eighteenth century, but an organised Jewish congregation was not established until about 1841.

Jewish Congregations

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


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Oxford Jewish Community


Additional articles are to be found on
the Oxford Jewish Congregation page.

on third parties' websites

  • Oxford Jewish Heritage at http://www.oxfordjewishheritage.co.uk. This website contains extensive material on the Oxford Jewish Community, past and present, including the history of the Community (both medieval and modern), maps, boigraphies, articles and much more.

  • The Oxford Story, an article dated January 2003, on the Oxford Jewish Congregation by Jesmond Blumenfeld, (originally appeared in the Edinburgh Star, the magazine of the Edinburgh Jewish community, and has been reprinted and appears on the Oxford Jewish Congregation website).

  • Memorial Marks City's Old Jewish Cemetery - an on-line article dated 8 July 2012 in the Oxford Mail on Oxford's Medieval Jewish cemetery.


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Oxford include:


Extracts for Oxford for 1841 / 1851 / 1861 / 1871 / 1881 / 1891 / 1901 /  1911 (395 records)

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Oxford during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (1 record), 1800s (3 records), 1810s (1 record); 1820s (1 record), 1830s (7 records), 1840s (30 records), 1850s (53 records), 1860s (29 records), 1870s (22 records), 1880s (12 records) and 1890s (7 records).

Oxford Jewish Cemetery Information

  • Wolvercote Cemetery, Jewish Section, Banbury Road, Wolvercote, Oxford. First Jewish burial dates from 1894. This is the cemetery currently in use by the Oxford Jewish community and contains some 400 burials.

The Oxford Jewish Cemetery page of the Oxford Jewish Heritage website, includes a downloadable pdf list of all burials in the Wolvercote Jewish Cemetery

  • Medieval Jewish Cemeteries:

    • The Jews Garden: acquired in 1177, when Jews were first allowed to purchase land outside London.

    • A Jewish cemetery, now part of Magdalene College and the Botanical Gardens, was in use from 1231 until 1290.

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

Oxford Jewish Population Data

(excluding student population)



(The Jewish Year Book 1896/7)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

*The source also gives the Jewish student population as 12 in 1896.

Jewish Congregations in Oxfordshire

Jewish Communities of England home page



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