Chiltern Jewish Community

(Amersham & Chesham)





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The Towns of Amersham & Chesham

The local government District of Chiltern in the county of Buckinghamshire was formed in 1974 by the merger the Chesham Urban District and the Amersham Rural District. Amersham and Chesham are adjacent towns in the Chiltern Hills in south central England, with populations of about 17,000 and 21,000, respectively, and though some distance from London, are connected to the London Underground system.

The Chiltern Jewish Community

The first Jewish community was founded during World War II, by families evacuated from London, which lasted into the 1960's. Subsequently a Liberal congregation was established.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Amersham and Chesham:

* An active congregation.

Rabbi in Green Jacket
The Rabbi in the Green Jacket
Memories of Jewish Buckinghamshire 1939-1945


Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD): Buckinghamshire (since 1 July 2007) - office situated in Aylesbury, Bucks.

    • Previous Registration Districts:
         Amersham (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1974);
         Chiltern & Beaconsfield (from 1 April 1974 to 1 June 1988);
         Chiltern & South Bucks (renaming) (from 1 June 1988 to 1 November 1989); and
         Chiltern Hills (from 1 November 1989 to 1 July 2007).

    • Any registers would now be held by current register office.

    • Link to Register Office website


Jewish Cemetery Information

There are no Jewish cemeteries in Buckinghamshire.


Amersham & Chesham Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1948)


80 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1953)


12 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1964)



(The Jewish Year Book 1987)



(The Jewish Year Book 2000)

Bibliography - Amersham & Chesham

Jewish Congregations in Buckinghamshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 1 March 2006
Latest revision or update: 30 July 2020

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