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Bradford Jewish Community

City of Bradford

The officially-named City of Bradford Metropolitan District, in northern England, has a population of nearly half a million.  The present boundaries date from 1974, when the county borough of Bradford was merged with a number of other localities from West Riding of Yorkshire (including the district of Ilkley) to form the metropolitan district within the then new metropolitan county of West Yorkshire.  Bradford became a unitary authority in 1986 when West Yorkshire lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county. 

The Bradford Jewish Community

The Jewish community of the Greater Bradford area dates from the mid-nineteenth century and at its highest point (in the period following World War II) numbered no more than approximately 1,000 individuals. As with many provincial communities, its growth was due primarily to three separate waves of immigrants, the first of German Jews arriving in the years 1830 to 1870, next of Jews fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe in the years 1880 to 1905 and thirdly of Jews from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia seeking refuge from Nazism in the late 1930's.

 

Jewish Congregations

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

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

  • Bradford Reform Synagogue - see Bradford Synagogue for British and Foreign Jews

  • Bowland Street Synagogue- see Bradford Synagogue for British and Foreign Jews

  • Jewish Association - see Bradford Synagogue for British and Foreign Jews

  • Houghton Place Synagogues - see Bradford Hebrew Congregation

  • Kirkgate Synagogue - see Bradford New Hebrew Orthodox Congregation

  • Spring Gardens Synagogue- see Bradford Hebrew Congregation

  • Springhurst Road Synagogue- see Bradford Hebrew Congregation

 

 


BRADFORD JEWISH CEMETERIES

 

 SPECIAL JCR-UK DATABASE

Search the Bradford Jewish Cemeteries Database,
including burial records and photographs of headstones,
as well as a description of the cemeteries

Basic Cemeteries Information

The Cemeteries are part of the main Scholemoor Cemetery, Necropolis Road and consist of two sections, both still in use:

  • The Reform Section, the cemetery of the Bradford Synagogue for British and Foreign Jews (Reform), comprising two separate parts: the old part, first burial 1877; and the new part, first burial 1983. The Database includes over 200 burials from 1877 to 2014.

  • The Orthodox Section, the cemetery of the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, also comprising two separate parts: the old part, first burial 1912, now full; and the new part. The Database includes over 400 burials from 1912 to 2014.

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

 


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Bradford include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Bradford during the 1820s (2 records), 1840s (10 records), 1850s (34 records), 1860s (3 records), 1870s (10 records), 1880s (8 records), 1890s (2 records) and 1900s (3 records).
 

 

On-line Articles and Other Material
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Bradford Jewish Population Data

1838

First Jewish inhabitant (Jacob Behrens)

1896

30 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1896)

1900

300

(The Jewish Year Book 1901)

1909

730

(The Jewish Year Book 1910)

1934

750

(The Jewish Year Book 1935)

1946

490

(The Jewish Year Book 1947)

1949

700

(The Jewish Year Book 1950)

1954

700

(The Jewish Year Book 1955)

1965

700

(The Jewish Year Book 1966)

1990

430

(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

2004

356

(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Jewish Congregations in West Yorkshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

 
 

 

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