Dover Synagogue

and Jewish Community

Dover, Kent




Page created: 27 November 2005
Latest revision or update: 31 December 2015

The Town of Dover

The town of Dover is a port on the English Channel coast in southeast England immediately opposite the coast of France, some 21 miles away.  It is in the local government district of Dover in the county of Kent, formed in 1974 by the merger of the municipal boroughs of Dover, Deal and Sandwich and adjoining rural districts.  The town of Dover has a population of about 30,000, whereas the district, covering a much wider area, has a population of some 100,000.

The Jewish Community

The Jewish community in Dover dates from the mid-eighteenth century. Also, from the early nineteenth century, there were a number of Jews living in the town of Deal, some eight miles to the north-east, although they do not appear to have established a formal congregation.


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The records in the database associated with Dover include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Dover, Deal or Folkestone (7 miles to he west) during the 1760s (1 record), 1780s (8 records), 1790s (6 records), 1800s (11 records), 1810s (19 records); 1820s (22 records), 1830s (21 records), 1840s (26 records), 1850s (110 records), 1860s (24 records), 1870s (10 records); 1880s (10 records), 1890s (1 record) and 1900s (1 record).

Congregation Data

Only one Jewish congregation, known as the Dover Synagogue, is known to have existed in Dover.


Dover Synagogue


Northampton Street, Dover (from 1862)

Date Founded:

A Synagogue was first opened in Paradise Pent in 1835.

The Northampton Street congregation was established on 10 September 1862.

Current Status:

Closed - during WWII


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Marriage Certification:

Worship Number: 15769
Registration District: Dover

Membership Numbers:

1852 - 11 Seatholders (Board of Deputies Return)

1860 - 11 Seatholders (Board of Deputies Return)

1870 - 24 Seatholders (Board of Deputies Return)

1880 - 16 Seatholders (Board of Deputies Return)

1890 - 10 Seatholders (Board of Deputies Return)

1896 - 14 Seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1898/99)

1900 - 12 Seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1900/01) or 10 (Board of Deputies Return)

1909 - 14 Seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1910)

Articles on the Dover Jewish Community

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

Dover from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain"  - Papers for a conference at University College, London, convened by the Jewish Historical Society of Great Britain, prepared by Aubrey Newman - 6th July 1975.  Reproduced here with his kind consent.

Circumcision Register of Rabbi Ash of Dover, 1765-1818 by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Reference to the Dover Jewish Community in the Press (primarily extracted by Harold Pollins):
            Part 1 - 1833 to 1860
            Part 2 - 1861 to 1865
            Part 3 - 1866 to 1883
            Part 4 - 1884 to 1900
            Part 5 - 1901 to 1922
            Part 6 - 1922 to 1959


Dover Jewish Population Data


8 families

(The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth, 1950)



(The Jewish Year Book 1896/97)



(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)



(The Jewish Year Book 1906)



(The Jewish Year Book 1910)



(The Jewish Year Book 1920)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)

Other Dover Jewish Information

Jewish Congregations in Kent

Jewish Communities of England home page

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