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The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man (in the Manx language: Ellan Vannin) is an island situated in the Irish Sea, roughly equidistant from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Although it is not technically part of the United Kingdom (it does not send a representative to the Parliament in Westminster), it is a British crown dependency and the British monarch is Lord of Man.

The Jewish Community

In addition to the small resident Jewish community on the island, a number of Jews were among those interned on the Isle of Man during both World Wars.

Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with the Isle of Man include:


Douglas Borough Cemetery, 1940-2005 (67 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Douglas, Isle of Man during the 1830s (1 record), 1840s (6 records), 1850s (5 records) and 1860s (3 records).


Browsable Lists

Burials - Douglas Borough Cemetery, Jewish Section - list of 71 burials (including two at Knockaloe) in browsable form, compiled by Harold Pollins


Jewish Congregation Data

The following are details of the only Jewish congregation to have existed on the island, situated in the capital, Douglas (in the Manx language: Doolish):


Isle of Man Hebrew Congregation


Douglas. The congregation does not have had a synagogue building and meets in members' homes. During World War II, a makeshift synagogue was set up in a Nissen hut at the Onchan Internment Camp

Current Status:


Date Founded:

Prior to 1930 (appears in Jewish Year Book from at least 1930 (but not in 1920)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Articles on the Isle of Man
Jewish Community

Jews on Kelly's Isle by Lionel Simmonds, an article from the Jewish Chronicle of 9 August 1957.

Two Graves from Knockaloe by Harold Pollins

Press Reports relating to to the Isle of Man Jewish Community


Isle of Man Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)


Isle of Man Jewish Cemetery Information

During both World Wars, so-called 'enemy aliens' were interned on the Isle of Man. These included prisoners-of-war as well as German and Austrian refugees, many of whom were Jewish. A number of these died and were buried on the island.

  • Douglas Borough Cemetery, Jewish Sectiom, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, IM2 - This is the only consecrated Jewish cemetery on the island, situated on the north-east corner of the main municipal cemetery. Burials date from 1940, a majority of those interred having been refugees interned on the island. Click here to see a list of 69 burials at the cemetery in browsable form (plus two at Knockaloe - see below).

  • Kirk Patrick Churchyard, Knockaloe - This churchyard cemetery includes two simple military-style Jewish gravestones dating from World War I. See Two Graves from Knockaloe by Harold Pollins

(For additional information, see also IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project - Isle of Man)

Other Isle of Man Jewish Information

 Bibliography and Other Sources



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