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Luton & Dunstable Jewish Community


Town of Luton

The town and borough of Luton, which lies about 35 miles to the north of central London, has a population of about 185,000. It was a county borough until 1974, when it became a local government district within the county of Bedfordshire. In 1997, it became a unitary authority.

Town of Dunstable
(Central Bedfordshire)

The town of Dunstable is situated just to the west of Luton and has a population of about 34,000.  It was a municipal borough within the county of Bedfordshire until 1974, when it was merged with adjoining localities to form the local government district of South Bedfordshire, within the administrative county of Bedfordshire. In 2009, South Bedfordshire was merged with adjoining districts to form the unitary authority of Central Bedfordshire.

The Jewish Community

he first Jews settled in Luton in about the 1880's, although the Luton community was not organised until 1923. There was a  medieval Jewish community in Dunstable. In modern times, the Dunstable Jewish Community dates from World War II, although a medieval Jewish community had existed in the town.

Jewish Congregations

Below are the Jewish congregations known to have existed in Luton and Dunstable in modern times:


Jewish Population Data - Luton


      First Jewish residents


      about five Jewish families



(The Jewish Year Book 1945)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Dunstable Medieval Jewish Community

Jewish Congregations in Bedfordshire

Jewish Communities of England home page




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