South Bucks Jewish Community

(Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross)





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The Towns of Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross

The town of Beaconsfield, with a population of about 11,000, is situated about 30 miles northwest of London. It was an urban district until 1974, when it merged with parts of the rural district of Eton (including the village of Gerrards Cross) to form the local government district of Beaconsfield in the county of Buckinghamshire. In 1980, the district was renamed South Bucks.

Beaconsfield was the home constituency of Benjamin Disraeli, who served twice as British Prime Minister during the reign of Queen Victoria and, so far, is the only person of Jewish descent to do so (although he was was baptized in the Anglican Church at an early age). In 1876, he was raised to peerage, taking the title Earl of Beaconsfield.

The Jewish Community

The Jewish community existed during, and shorly following World War II, primarily by families evacuated from London.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that existed in what is now the District of South Bucks:

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);
         Chiltern & Beaconsfield (from 1 April 1974);
         Chiltern & South Bucks (renaming) (from 1 June 1988);
         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


South Bucks Jewish Cemetery Information

There are no Jewish cemeteries in Buckinghamshire.

Jewish Congregations in Buckinghamshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 30 April 2006
Latest revision or update: 17 October 2019

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