Durham Jewish Community

& Synagogue

City of Durham, County Durham




Page created: 1 June 2005
Latest revision or update: 21 July 2016

City of Durham

The historic city of Durham is the county town of County Durham, in the North East of England, located on a bend in the river Wear. Until 1974, the city of Durham was a municipal borough in County Durham. In 1974, it was merged with adjoining areas to form the local government district (with borough status) of the City of Durham, with a population of about 85,000. In April 2009, the City of Durham District was merged with six other districts of County Durham to form the unitary authority of County Durham.

Durham Jewish Community

It appears that first Jews first settled in Durham in about 1888. A small Jewish community developed and existed until the mid-twentieth century, the last Jewish families leaving in the 1970s. Only one Jewish congregation, the Durham Synagogue, is known to have existed in the city.

Jill Whitehead 2006
Durham Synagogue
Peter Gatoff 2016
Photograph of the former Durham Synagogue in Laburnham Street, now a Presbyterian chapel.


Congregation Data


Durham Synagogue


Laburnum Avenue, Durham (from about 1910)

Former Address:

11, John Street, Durham

Date Formed:


Current Status:

Closed 1955


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Durham include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Durham during the 1840s (5 records), 1850s (5 records), 1860s (2 records), 1870s (4 records) and 1880s (5 records).


Durham Synagogue    Durham Snagogue
Two stones commemorating two of the Trustees of the former Durham Synagogue
are still visable hehind the hedge. (Courtesy Peter Gatoff 2016)


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



Durham Jewish Cemetery Information

There was no Jewish cemetery in Durham, the Jewish community would have used the cemeteries in Sunderland or Newcastle.



Durham Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1906)



(The Jewish Year Book 1910)



(The Jewish Year Book 1920)

Jewish Congregations in County Durham

Jewish Communities of England home page


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