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Leicester Jewish Community

City of Leicester

The historic city of Leicester, in the English East Midlands, lies on the river Soar. The city has a population of about 280,000, although there are over 330,000 people living in the greater Leicester urban area.  It was a county borough until 1974, when it became a district of the administrative county of  Leicestershire. In 1996, the city of Leicester became a unitary authority.

Leicester Jewish Community

Although there had been a Jewish community in Leicester in medieval times, the first resident in modern times that could be identified as a Jew was in 1849. The first organised Jewish community dates from about 20 years later.

The Jewish Congregations

The following congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Leicester Jewish Community:

Leicester Jewish Cemetery Information

Search the Gilroes Jewish Cemetery Database

This database contain records of the approximate 820 burials at the Gilroes Jewish Cemetery, Leicester, since 1902.

Search the All-UK Database

The records in this database associated with Leicester include:


WWII Civilian Casualties (11 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Leicester during the 1800s (1 record), 1840s (2 records), 1850s (2 records), 1860s (6 records), 1870s (8 records), 1880s (7 records), 1890s (1 record), 1900s (1 record) and 1910s (1 record).

Articles on the Leicester Jewish Community

The Medieval Jews of Leicester - by Oliver D. Harris.

To the Jewish Public - from The Jewish Chronicle and The Hebrew Observer, Friday June 22, 1860.

Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Leicester by Joseph Jacobs, c-1906.

Jewish Population Data


(The Jewish Year Book 1935)
(The Jewish Year Book 1940)
(The Jewish Year Book 1946)
(The Jewish Year Book 1956)
(The Jewish Year Book 1966)

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

Other Leicester Jewish Information

Leicester Medieval Community


Jewish Property and Heritage & Places of Local Interest

Jewish Congregations in Leicestershire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used



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