What's New

Please note we only add significant updates here, the site is updated continuously.

3 December 2014
Added several new articles, including "Oxford Jewish Casualties in the Great War" and "Two Oxford Jewish Court Cases of the 1840's" both by Harold Pollins and  "Ministers of the Wigan Hebrew Congregation and their Journeys" by Hilary Thomas, as well as a Press Report of the First Jewish Marriage in Hartlepool.

26 October 2014
Material relating to the Grimsby Hebrew Congregation has been reformatted and in part updated. This includes Marriage Records, Minutes of Meetings, a copy of the Constitution, press reports, photographs, articles and much more.

21 October 2014
The recently-created Jewish Gilroes website is now affiliated to JCR-UK. The website (a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) includes a full catalogue and database of all the burials in the Gilroes Jewish Cemetery of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (approximately 820 interments dating from 1902), genealogical search facilities, photographs of all extant headstones, fascinating stories of the lives of a number of those buried in the cemetery and much more.

20 October 2014
Added searchable records of the burials, including photographs of all headstones, in the Harrogate Stonefall Jewish Cemetery (of the Harrogate Hebrew Congregation), comprising approximately 180 interments and re-interments from 1964 to 2014, as well as 6 Jewish servicemen buried in the Stonefall Military Cemetery.

15 October 2014
The extensive material relating to the Bristol Hebrew Congregation has been reviewed and reformatted. This includes Cemetery Records, the Birth and Death Register, lists of Ministers and Officers of the Congregation, Minutes of General Meetings, copies of the Constitution, Communal Newsletters, photographs, articles and much more.

2 October 20144
The webpages for the communities and congregations in the Republic of Ireland have been revised, enhanced and expanded, including the addition of a large number of photographs.

22 September 2014
Added article entitled "Oxford Jewish Casualties in First World War - Three Mysteries" by Harold Pollins.

17 August 2014
Added searchable records of approximately 350 burials, including photographs of all headstones, in the Leeds Sinai Synagogue Cemetery, a section of the Harehills Cemetery, Leeds, for use by the Sinai (Reform) Synagogue, from early 1950's to 2014.

13 August 2014
All material in the Susser Archive relating to the Plymouth Jewish Community and the Plymouth Synagogue (as listed on those respective webpages), including, but not limited to, "The Plymouth Synagogue" an article by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser; the volume entitled "Tombstone Inscription in the Old Jewish Cemetery on Plymouth Hoe", (including the introductory pages, inscriptions, notes and various indexes), prepared and edited by the late Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser; and various circumcision registers, reports, biographies and facsimile copies, have now been reformatted and redesigned.

6 August 2014
Created new section, entitled "Other Databases and Lists", to list JCR-UK databases that are not part of the All-UK Database, as well as browsable lists of individuals.

4 August 2014
Added two articles by the late Murray Freedman - Leeds Jewish Community - The Early Years and Deciphering An Old Gravestone In Leeds, previously published in Shemot.

3 August 2014
The Jews of South-West England - the 1977 thesis submitted by Rabbi Susser to the University of Exeter, has now been reformatted and redesigned  - available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

30 July 2014
Added searchable records of the burials, including photographs of all headstones, in the Doncaster Jewish Cemetery, in use from 1930 to 2006.

9 July 2014
The 1851 Anglo-Jewish Database (part of JCR-UK since 2012) has been substantially expanded and enriched. Its 29,000 entries cover approximately 90% of the Jewish population resident in the British Isles in 1851. Apart from some 500 completely new entries; the Database now shows the post-1851 residence for 44% of entries (up from 37%); the year of marriage for almost 10,000 entries (up from 8,600); and the year of death for almost 8,000 entries (up from 5,600), plus a number of other enhancements, all following a hefty quality check of data.

8 July 2014
Additional material in the Susser Archive that has now been reformatted and redesigned include: Professor Cecil Roth's monumental works "The History of the Great Synagogue"; "The History of the Willesden & Brondesbury Synagogue" by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser; and "The History of the Stroud Jewish Community" by Harold Pollins.

1 July 2014
The web pages relating to "Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in South-West England", prepared and transcribed by the late Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, have been reformatted and/or redesigned, including the Introduction to the Jewish cemeteries in the West of England and the transcribed tombstone inscriptions for the Jewish cemeteries in Exeter, Falmouth and Penzance. A guide to the Jewish Cemeteries of the West of England and a brief discussion on the Jewish Tombstones of South-West England have also been reformatted - all available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

29 June 2014
The Circumcision Register of Rabbi Ash of Dover, 1765-1818 by the late Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser has been reformatted - available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

22 June 2014
We have reformatted and redesigned the on-line presentation of Professor Cecil Roth's invaluable 1950 works, "The Rise of Provincial Jewry", which details the origins of 42 provincial Jewish communities throughout the British Isles,  1740-1840 - available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

1 June 2014
Added article entitled "Ministers in Oxford" by Harold Pollins.

25 May 2014
New maps of Wales (including a map of its historic counties and unitary authorities), Scotland and Ireland, showing, respectively, every Welsh, Scottish and Irish city and town that has ever had a Jewish community and congregation.

28 April 2014
New map of Jewish Communities and Congregations in England, showing every city and town (outside Greater London) that at one time (since the readmission of Jews in 1656) had a Jewish community and congregation.

8 April 2014
Now added, a paper entitled "Penzance Synagogue - A Brief History" by Susan Soyinka. This document, which includes a detailed history and current status of the synagogue building, as well as photographs and plans, was prepared to support an application to English Heritage to revise the listing of the building that includes the former synagogue.

19 March 2014
The webpages for each of the congregations in London's East End & City (nearly 150 congregations) have been enhanced and expanded to include, amongst other things, a description of the location of the congregation, a history of the location, and details of the former local and parish authorities, the registration districts and, where available, details of marriage registers.

12 March 2014
Added or expanded press reports relating to the following Jewish communities in Wales: Brynmawr (1889-1986); Newbridge & District (1852-2004); and Tredegar (1872-1953).

29 January 2014
Added searchable records of over 6,500 burials, including approximately 5,000 photographs of headstones, in the Leeds United Hebrew Congregation (UHC) Cemetery, which also includes a number of other congregations, from 1840 to 2013.

28 January 2014
Added searchable records of over 2,200 burials, including approximately 2,000 photographs of headstones, in the Leeds Beth Hamedrash Hagadol (BHH) Cemetery, which also includes a number of other congregations, from 1952 to 2013.

8 January 2014
A database of Early London-based Insurance Policies - Jewish Surnames has been added to the All-UK Database. The database contains over 26,000 eighteenth and nineteenth century entries, with notes that include full names, addresses, dates, occupations and other information of the policy holders. The original dataset was compiled by the late George Rigal (who died in 2012), who spent many years of scrupulous research combing through old insurance records in the Guildhall Library in London, seeking out policies taken out by Jews.  The database was prepared for JCR-UK by Petra Laidlaw, to whom Mr. Rigal had provided with a copy of the dataset to assist him in its publication, and Louise Messik. 

19 August 2013
Added searchable records of nearly 10,000 burials, including approximately 8,000 photographs of headstones, in the Leeds New Farnley Cemeteries, generally in use from 1896 to 2013.

25 June 2013
Added Searchable records of 1,577 burials, including photographs of headstones, in the Southport Jewish Cemetery, 1912-2012, contributed by Andrew Phillips, added to All-UK Database.

12 April 2013
JCR-UK's already extensive (and continually growing) Bibliography section has now been expanded to include  works on the Middle Period of Anglo-Jewish history (1290-1656).

1 March 2013
Lists of Seatholders for 1933 (9,268 records) added to the All-UK Database in respect of the following London Synagogues: Bayswater, Borough, Brixton, Brondesbury, Central, Crickelwood, Dalston, East London, Golders Green, Great, Hambro', Hammersmith & West Kensington, Hampstead, New, New West End, South Hackney, St. Johns Wood and Stoke Newington.

20 February 2013
On the community pages of approximately 100 communities, provided a breakdown, by decade (1760's through 1910's), of the number of records on the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database.

31 January 2013
Provided details on the Greater London home page and on approximately 50 other community and congregation pages of the contents of the All-UK Database that are specifically associated with such community or congregation.

23 December 2012
Added or expanded press reports relating to the following Jewish communities in England: Barnsley (1903-1979); Bishop Auckland (Early History of Jews); Blackpool (1865-1927); Bolton (1884-1920, 1960, 1970); Canterbury 1790-1833; Harrogate (1895-1919); Stockport (1891-1925); and Watford & District (1905-1950).

17 December 2012
Added or expanded press reports relating to the following Jewish communities in Wales: Aberavon & Port Talbot (1874-2005); Bargoed (1906-2008); Tredegar (1875-1953); and New Tredegar (1903-1978).

16 December 2012
Added article entitled "The Jews of Slough in the 19th Century" by Harold Pollins.

26 November 2012
Added searchable records of the burials, including photographs of all headstones, in both Bradford Jewish Cemeteries, in use from 1877 and from 1912, respectively.

24 July 2012
Added searchable records of all 3,000 burials, including photographs of all headstones, in the Leeds Hill Top Cemeteries, generally in use from 1875 to 1970.

16 March 2012
The newly-updated 1851 Anglo-Jewish Database is now part JCR-UK.

20 February 2012
Added copies of booklets  commemorating the 50th anniversary and 100th anniversary of the founding of Hackney Synagogue, London, which include histories of the congregation, photographs and other information. Further material added subsequently

4 February 2012
Added press reports relating to the following Jewish communities in Scotland: Falkirk (1913-1999); Greenock (1874-1993); and Inverness (1905 to 1995) (expanded), as well as Waterford (1893-1998) in Ireland.

24 January 2012
Added press reports relating to the following Jewish communities in Wales: Aberavon (1874-2005); Bangor (1843-1959); Brynmawr (1889-1986); Bridgend (1875-2000); Llanelli (1902-1986); Newport (1849-1872); Pontypridd (1852-2006);  Port Talbot (1874-2005); and Rhyl (1895-1941).

17 January 2012
Added press reports relating to the following Jewish communities in Central and Eastern England: Boston (Lincs.) (1847-1925); Great Yarmouth (1847-1970); Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent) (1851-1995); Maidenhead (1940-1941); Newbury (1941-1946); Reading (1887-1914); Stroud (1877-1943); Widnes (1891-1935); and Wolverhampton (1850-1877).

6 January 2012
Added press reports relating to the following Jewish communities in the North of England: Barnsley (1903-1913); Darlington (1871-1910); Durham (1891-1910); South Shields (1891-1910); and York (1881-1895).

1 January 2012
All pages relating to the Oxford community (many of which were contributed by Harold Pollins) have been reorganised and a number of new articles added including extensive press reports relating to the Oxford Jewish community and press reports for WWII.

22 December 2011
Created congregation page for the Andrade Synagogue, a 19th century independent Sephardi Synagogue in Islington, London, and  added extracts of press reports relating to this congregation and the Andrade Family.

19 December 2011
The redesign of this website, commenced in October 2011, is largely completed, although a number of minor modifications continue to be made.

16 December 2011
Added copy of section captioned "Jews" from Dickens Dictionary of London 1888.

14 December 2011
Added press reports relating to the Swansea Jewish community (1804-1917).

11 December 2011
List of UK Synagogues destroyed by German Air Raids during World War II.

7 December 2011
Gibraltar Community and several congregation pages have been created and addition material and data uploaded.  The Gibraltar vital record are made available here for searching.

15 November 2011
Lists of Seatholders for 1885, 1899 and/or 1910 (13,620 records) added to the All-UK Database in respect of the following London Synagogues: Bayswater, Borough, Brondesbury, Central, Dalston, East London, Great, Hambro', Hammersmith, Hampstead, New, New West End, North London, South Hackney, St. Johns Wood, Stoke Newington and West Ham.

7 November 2011
Agreement reached with the Jewish Community of Gibraltar to create information for JCR-UK and to display Gibraltar vital records.

28 October 2011
The donating/helping page has been rewritten and expanded http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/providing.htm.

15 October 2011
Redesign of the entire website has been started. It will take some time before all the web pages (some 5,000) are completed.

12 September 2011
Data relating to the various congregation in Sheffield has been updated and expanded.

22 June 2011
Additional articles by Harold Pollins added in respect of the Jewish community in Oxford

20 December 2010
Extracts from the press relating to the Jewish community of Aberdare, Wales, 1865-1919 and 1920-1968.

22 November 2010
Brief History of the Wolverhampton Jewish community and Jewish cemetery, and the addition of 183 Wolverhampton burial details to the the JGSGB UK Database.

24 October 2010
Additions to the All-UK Database - Jewish Children at the Gorbals Public School 1885-1905 (1,989 school records).

12 January 2010
Extracts from the Jewish press relating to the Jewish communities of Gateshead  (1856 to 1911) and Abertillery (South Wales).

12 August 2009
List of Marriages 1894 - 1928 at the Sandys Row Synagogue, London (now part of the All-UK Database).

11 August 2009
Census Extracts for Oxford, from 1841 through 1891.
Census Extracts for Manchester, 1871.

5 July 2009
Article on the "Jews of England: From Expulsion (1290) to Readmission (1656)" by Dr. Ariel Hessayon.

25 February 2009
New Database - Novo (New) Cemetery (Spanish and Portuguese Congregation of London). Over 10,000 burials (1733-1918)

20 January 2009
Article on the Jews of Medieval Leicester.

24 November 2008
Extracts from the Jewish press relating to the Jewish communities of Dudley and Huddersfield.

12 October 2008
Searchable database now includes Burials at three Birmingham Cemeteries (Brandwood End, and Witton, Old and New), including images of gravestones.

9 September 2008
Photographs of many former London synagogues, provided by Leslie Bailey.

2 July 2008
Newspaper articles relating to the opening and consecration of Brynmawr Synagogue. South Wales.

1 July 2008
Extracts from the Jewish press relating to the Jewish community in Jersey, Channel Islands 1834 to 1936, and from 1961.

3 February 2008
The greatly expanded Bibliography section, containing over 500 references, has been now totally reformatted.

18 January 2008
Extracts from the Jewish press relating to the Jewish communities of Ammanford (1915 to 2004) and Barry (1909 to 1943) in Wales.

9 January 2008
JCR-UK takes on new look.

26 November 2007
Webpages have now been added for more than eighty congregations in Greater Manchester. The congregations in Manchester may also be viewed according to the Metropolitan Borough and Locality in which they are situated. A Manchester Street Directory has also been added listing Manchester  congregations according to their street address.

22 October 2007
Extracts from the Jewish press relating to the Barrow-in-Furness Jewish community (1877 to 1943); the Chester Jewish community (1894 to 1906) and the North Shields Jewish community (1907 to 1988).

7 August 2007
Separate webpages have now been added for more than one hundred former congregations in the East End of London (London Borough of Tower Hamlets).  A Street Directory has also been added covering congregations in the East End as well as the City of London.

12 July 2007
Extracts from the Jewish press from 1899 to 1938 relating to the Isle of Man Jewish community.

20 June 2007
Separate webpages have now been added for congregations in the London Borough of Hackney (including the numerous ultra-orthodox congregations in and around Stamford Hill). A Street Directory has also been added covering congregations in Stamford Hill, Clapton, Stoke Newington and neighbouring areas of North London.

31 May 2007
Extracts from the Jewish press from 1842 to 1959 relating to the Dover Jewish community.

28 May 2007
An article has been added on "The Establishment of Golders Green Synagogue".

17 May 2007
Separate webpages have now been added for congregations in the London Borough of Barnet (including Golders Green, Finchley, Hendon and Edgware).

11 May 2007
A large number of marriage and other records have now been added to the searchable databases in respect of Manchester

18 April 2007
Addition articles by Harold Pollins added in respect of the Jewish community in Oxford

6 March 2007
Extracts from the press (1894 to 1905) relating to the North Bow and Victoria Park Synagogue.

28 February 2007
Extracts from the Jewish press from 1847 to 1970 relating to the Great Yarmouth Jewish community. Article added in respect of the Jewish community in Addlestone.

10 December 2006
London synagogues may also now be viewed according to the London Borough and locality in which they are situated and according to the synagogue organisation to which they are affiliated (the latter listing also includes provincial synagogues affiliated to such organisations).

17 November 2006
Separate webpages have now been added for congregations in London Boroughs of the City of Westminster (including London's West End, Maida Vale and St John's Wood) and North and Eastern London (Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Haringey, Havering, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest).

1 November 2006
Separate webpages have now been added for congregations in West London, comprising the congregations in the following London Boroughs: Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Kensington & Chelsea.

26 October 2006
Extracts from the press, in many instances relating to the early years of the communities, have been added in respect of the following Jewish communities: Addlestone, Ayr, Blackpool, Burnley, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Epsom, Hinckley, Hoylake, Inverness, North Shields, South Shields, Walsall, Wigan, Worcester and Worksop.

24 October 2006
Separate webpages have now been added for congregations in South London, comprising the congregations in the following London Boroughs: Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich; Kingston upon Thames; Lambeth, Lewisham; Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth.

12 October 2006
Webpages have now been added for each of the congregations in the London Borough of Brent (which includes the Willesden area).  

10 September 2006
A new searchable database has been added to the Supplemental UK Database, covering certain Jewish Civilian Casualties in East London during World War II, plus an explanation and introduction to four PDF files listing the casualties.

27 August 2006
The section on the congregations in the City of London has been reorganized and expanded to include the old congregations in the City.  

7 August 2006
The All-UK Database now includes burials for the cemetery in Chatham, Kent, for which there is also a brief introduction

13 June 2006
As all of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom until 1922, we have now included reference to the communities in the Republic of Ireland. Over twenty congregations in four towns (Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford) have been added.  In all cases, the Jewish communities in such towns were established prior to 1922. 

29 May 2006
A new section on the community in the Channel Islands has been added and the section on the Isle of Man community (including articles and list of grave inscriptions in browsable form) has been reorganized and updated. 

23 May 2006
The All-UK Database now includes searchable records specific to the following communities: Bournemouth, Exeter, Falmouth, Grimsby, Hull, London, Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, Newcastle‑upon‑Tyne, Penzance, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Stockton‑on‑Tees, Stroud, Sunderland, Torbay and West Hartlepool, with details now listed on listed on the community's respective pages.  

9 May 2006
Communities throughout the South West England have been reorganized and updated, with additional communities and congregations added and fresh data inserted.   The communities include Bristol, Exeter, Falmouth, Penzance, Plymouth, Torbay, Totnes, Truro, Weston-super-Mare and several others. 

30 April 2006
Added many communities established, or expanded, during World War II, in most cases by evacuees from London and other industrial areas.  The communities include Amersham, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Bletchley, Dorking, Dunstable, Epsom, Felpham, Gerrards Cross, Guildford, High Wycombe, Hemel Hempstead, Hinkley, Hitchin, Ilfracombe, Kettering, Letchworth, Macclesfield, Newbury, Penrith, Peterborough, Rickmansworth, Slough, Staines, Swindon, Tilehurst, Walsall, Welwyn Garden City, Weston-super-Mare, Windsor, Woking, Worcester, Worthing,  and others. 

7 March 2006
Communities throughout the South & South East England (Outside London) have been reorganized and updated, with additional communities and congregations added and fresh data inserted.   The communities include Aldershot, Bedford, Bournemouth, Brighton, Canterbury, Chatham, Dover, Eastborne, Letchworth, Luton, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Thanet and many more. 

14 February 2006
Communities throughout the Eastern Counties of England have been reorganized and updated, with additional communities and congregations added and fresh data inserted.   The communities include, but are not limited to Cambridge, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Ipswich, King Lynn, Norwich, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea
Additional articles added for Oxford and South Shields.

29 January 2006
The wording in English of inscriptions at the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Hebrew Cemetery, including 233 headstones, together with a plan of the cemetery, may now be viewed on line, as well as additional material relating to Stoke-on-Trent
Articles also recently added for Preston and Doncaster.

11 November 2005
Communities throughout the English Midlands have been reorganized and updated, with additional communities and congregations added and fresh data inserted.   The communities include, but are not limited to, Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Hereford, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, and Wolverhampton

20 October 2005
The section on Scotland has been reorganized and has had a major update. In particular, many congregations have been added and data inserted for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

21 September 2005
The section on the Leeds community has been reorganized and updated, with many more congregations added and data inserted.

28 August 2005
Congregations and communities in Northern Ireland have been reorganized, expanded and updated.   The communities comprise Belfast, Londonderry and Lurgan.

23 August 2005
Communities throughout North-West England, including Merseyside, Lancashire (not including Manchester), Cheshire and Cumbria, have been reorganized and updated, with additional communities and congregations added and fresh data inserted.   The communities include, but are not limited to Liverpool, Barrow, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Chester, Preston, Macclesfield, Sefton and Wirral.

11 August 2005
Links for all communities to and from the cemetery information for such communities on the International Jewish Cemetery Project of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.  There are also now links for dozens of communities to relevant articles in the on-line Jewish Encyclopedia.com.

July 2005
Now linked from over forty communities - the respective sections of Cecil Roth's " The Rise of Provincial Jewry", available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

May and June 2005
Communities throughout North East England, Yorkshire (except Leeds) and Humberside  (including, but not limited to, Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, Hull, Sheffield and Grimsby good) have been reorganized and updated. Additional congregations and fresh data inserted.
Many new entries under Jewish Heritage and Property and Places of Interest.

22 May 2005
Section on Wales has been reorganized and has had a major update. Many more Welsh Communities and Congregations added. See Communities in Wales.

22 April 2005
New section added on the Medieval Communities in England and Wales. See Jewish Communities Prior to 1290

21 February 2004
Added - papers from Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain - for a conference at University College, London, convened by the Jewish Historical Society of Great Britain - prepared by Aubrey Newman for Belfast, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bradford, Brighton, Cambridge, Chatham, Coventry, Penzance and Plymouth.

12 January 2004
All-UK Database now online.

27 December 2003
Stroud Jewish Congregation has been added. 

23 December 2003
Susser Archives has been added.

10 October 2003
West London Synagogue of British Jews has been expanded.

21 September 2003
Exeter Hebrew Congregation has been expanded.

07 September 2003
Webpages have now been created for each of the congregations in the London Borough of Enfield.

01 September 2003
Our first Streaming Audio added, in respect of Merthyr Tydfil (Wales):
See also Merthyr Tydfil Recitation.

05 August 2003
Smaller Scottish Communities added to the section on Scotland

25 July 2003
A History of the Chatham Memorial Synagogue has been added.

24 July 2003
The "History of the Bayswater Synagogue" has been added.

14 June 2003
The history and other material added for the Oxford Community.

 

 
   

 

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