Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation

& Jewish Community

Cheltenham, Gloustershire




Page created: 30 November 2005
Latest revision or update: 1 July 2014

Cheltenham Town

The spa town of Cheltenham, with a population of approximately 110,000, is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds hills in the West of England.  It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it was merged with an adjoining authority to form the local government district (later borough) of Cheltenham, remaining within the county of Gloucestershire.

Cheltenham Jewish Community

A Jewish Community has existed in Cheltenham since at least 1823.  Due to a dwindling congregation, the synagogue closed in 1903, but was reopened in 1939, as a result of the influx of Jewish refugees and evacuation from major population centres. The Jewish congregation is known as the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation.

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The records in the database associated with Cheltenham include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Cheltenham during the 1790s (3 records), 1810s (2 records); 1820s (7 records), 1830s (33 records), 1840s (85 records), 1850s (57 records), 1860s (38 records), 1870s (20 records), 1880s (6 records), 1890s (3 records), 1900s (3 records) and 1910s (2 records).

Congregation Data


Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation


St. James's Square, Cheltenham GL 52 (opened in 1839, but was closed from 1903 to 1939) (Note: the United Synagogue website, in a list of provincial congregations under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi, give the current address as 7 Loweswater Road, Cheltenham GL51 5AZ )




1823; disbanded in 1903; and re-formed in 1939.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Marriage Certification:

Group: Board of Deputies;
Worship Number: 20818;
Registration District: Cheltenham

Membership Data:

1896 - 3 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896/7)
1999 - 25  (Board of Deputies)

On-Line Articles on the Cheltenham Jewish Community

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

"Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, includes an Introduction that makes reference to Cheltenham. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Jewish Population Data

80 families
(The Jewish Year Book 1896/7)
(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)
(The Jewish Year Book 1910)
(The Jewish Year Book 1949)
(The Jewish Year Book 1956)
(The Jewish Year Book 1966)
(The Jewish Year Book 1991)
(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Other Cheltenham Jewish Information

Jewish Congregations in Gloucestershire

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