York Hebrew Congregation

& Jewish Community

York, North Yorkshire




Page created: 18 April 2003
Latest revision or update: 2 December 2015

City of York

York, a historic city in Northern England located at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, has a tragic place in Jewish history, remembered for the massacre of the Jewish community which occurred in 1190.  Its present boundaries date to 1996,  when it became a unitary authority, within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, and it currently has a population of about 180,000. From 1974 to 1996, the somewhat smaller city of York was a district within the county of North Yorkshire. It is in the traditional county town of Yorkshire and was a county borough not forming part of any of the three Ridings into which Yorkshire was divided until 1974.

York Jewish Community

Although there was an important Jewish community in York in the medieval period, only one organised Jewish congregation, the York Hebrew Congregation, is known to have existed in York in modern times.

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The records in the database associated with York include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in York during the 1800s (1 record), 1820s (1 record), 1830s (1 record), 1840s (6 records), 1850s (12 records) and 1860s (2 records).

Congregation Data


York Hebrew Congregation

Synagogue Address:

Aldwark, York

Date Formed:


Current Status:

The synagogue closed in about 1975 and the Jewish community no longer has a formal place of worship. However certain Jewish communal events (communal seder, chanukah party, Friday night suppers, etc.) still take place.


The synagogue was Ashkenazi Orthodox. The current community is non-denominational.


Became affiliated to Leeds United Hebrew Congregation for the purposes of burial rights.

Membership Data:

1896 - 14 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896)
1900 - 23 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900-01)

Community Website:


Articles on the York Jewish Community

Press Reports relating to the York Jewish Community 1881-1895

Reference to York in papers on Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain,
compiled by Prof. Aubrey Newman

Jewish Population Data

 60 (The Jewish Year Book 1896)
60 (The Jewish Year Book 1900-01)
60 (The Jewish Year Book 1935)
40 (The Jewish Year Book 1947)
20 (The Jewish Year Book 1956)
45 (The Jewish Year Book 1966)
25 (The Jewish Year Book 1991)
191 (The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Other York Jewish Information

Jewish Congregations in North Yorkshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used




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