the former

Chesham Hebrew Community

Chesham, Buckinghamshire




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Congregation Data


Chesham Hebrew Congregation


Services held in Cricket Pavilion, Chesham, Bucks.(i)

Date Formed:

Formed in 1941(ii), primarily by evacuees from central and eastern London.

Current Status:

Closed mid/late 1940's, merged into Amersham, Chesham & District Hebrew Congregation(ii)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Affiliated to the Federation of Synagogues.(ii)


Rabbi J. Ehrentrew(iv) - minister

Rev B. Steinhaus - reader and secretary

Other Officers:(iii)

D. Goldberg - president

P.F. Kahn - treasurer

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery in Chesham.
However, see Cemeteries of the Federation of Synagogues.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The Rabbi in the Green Jacket 2015 by Vivien & Deborah Samson, p.35 and Jewish Year Books from 1945/6 and 1947.

  • (ii) The Rabbi in the Green Jacket 2015 by Vivien & Deborah Samson, p.35.

  • (iii) The names of the religious and lay leaders were extracted from Jewish Year Book 1945/6, which were repeated in the 1947 edition but with a note that "no information furnished " from the previous year. There was no listing of the congregation in subsequent years.

  • (iv) Rabbi J. Ehrentrew is listed as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1945/6 and 1947. It is, however, believed that he may be Rabbi Dr. (Jona) Ernst Ehrenstreu, although the dates are difficult to reconcile as, according to other sources, he was in Australia from 1942 and did not return to Britain until 1947.

Amersham & Chesham Jewish Community home page

Jewish Congregations in Buckinghamshire

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