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Sheffield Jewish Community

City of Sheffield

The city of Sheffield, which has a population of over  half a million, forms the core of the Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield,  in Northern England. The present boundaries date from 1974, when the metropolitan district of Sheffield was formed within the then new metropolitan county of South Yorkshire.  Sheffield became a unitary authority in 1986 when South Yorkshire lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.  Until 1974, Sheffield was a county borough and part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The Jewish Sheffield Community

Jews are known to have settled in Sheffield from at least the 1790s. Although the date generally given for the establishment of a congregation is 1838, it is clear that organised religious services were held from at least the 1820s and a plot for the use of a burial grand was acquired in 1831. (For a discussion on the date of establishment of the Community see Article by K. Lunn)

Jewish Congregations

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

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



Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Sheffield include:

Marriage Records 1842 - 1952 (379 records), including:

North Church Street Synagogue (93 records);
Sheffield Central Hebrew Congregation (124 records);
Sheffield Hebrew Congregation (9 records);
Miscellaneous and unspecified congregations (152 records).


Bowden Street Jewish Cemetery (closed),  1833 - 1874 (8 records);
Central Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, Colley Road, Ecclesfield, 1932 - 1953 (170 records);
Jewish Community Cemetery (formerly Sheffield UHC), Colley Road, Ecclesfield, 1874 - 1997 (1,390 records);
Walkley Jewish Cemetery, 1880 - 1945 (125 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Sheffield during the 1790s (2 records); 1800s (2 records), 1810s (7 records); 1820s (18 records), 1830s (39 records), 1840s (69 records), 1850s (112 records), 1860s (44 records), 1870s (23 records), 1880s (25 records), 1890s (8 records), 1900s (4 records) and 1910s (1 record).


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



Other Sheffield Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1902*)

Educational & Theological

  • School, adjoining Synagogue (founded by 1874)

  • Sheffield Jews' School (founded 18920

  • Sheffield Hebrew Education Board (founded 1902)

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Sheffield Hebrew Benevolent Society (in operation frpm 1873 until 1887)

  • Sheffied Jewish Board of Guardians (founded 1887) to relieve resident and casual poor.

  • Jewish Sisters Benevolent Association (founded by 1874, but not mentioned in JRBs).

  • Chevra Sholem (founded 1892, appears in JYB 1896 but not JYB 1900) for aid to members, loans, etc.

  • Sheffield Jewish Literary and Phiharmonic Society (founded 1887).

  • Jewish Tailors' Sabbath Observance and Benefit Society (founded by 1900)

  • Sheffield Zionist Association (founded 1899)

  • Jewish Ladies Benevolent Society (founded 1900)

  • Sheffield Dorcas, or Sewing Guild (founded 1900)

  • Jewish Working Men's Club (founded 1901).

* As listed in the Jewish Directory for 1874 and Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900/01 or mentined in Article by K. Lunn).


Sheffield Jewish Cemeteries Information
(for records on the ALL-UK Database, see above)

Sheffield had several Jewish burial grounds (one Reform and the remainder Orthodox), as listed below.

  • The Bright Family Burial Plot, Rodmoor. Acquired by the Bright Family in 1831 from the for use as a family cemetery,

  • Bowden Street Jewish Burial Ground. In use 1831 to 1874. The burial ground that was the subject of a compulsory purchase order in 1975 and the remaining 35 graves from this cemetery were re-interred in the Ecclesfield Jewish Cemetery.

  • Ecclesfield Jewish Cemetery, 85 Colley Rd. Acquired by Sheffield Hebrew Congregation in 1872 and still in use by the United Synagogue - Sheffield.

  • Walkley Street Cemetery, Waller Road. Acquired in about in 1880 for members of the then Sheffield New Hebrew Congregation, but no longer inuse

  • Sheffield City Cemetery, Reform Jewish Section. Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation administers its own Cemetery in a Section of a City Council cemetery.

(For some additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Sheffield)


Sheffield Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1896)



(The Jewish Year Book 1900/1)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1944/5)



(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)

Jewish Congregations in South Yorkshire

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