Luton & Dunstable Jewish Community





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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

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

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

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Luton and Dunstable in modern times:



* An active congregation.


Registration Districts (for BMD)

For Luton

For Dunstable

  • Central Bedfordshire (since 1 April 2009).

    • Previous Registration Districts
         Luton (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1964);
         Dunstable (from 1 April 1964 to 1 May 1999); and
         Bedfordshire (from 1 May 1999 to 1 April 2009).

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

  • Link to Register Office website


Jewish Cemeteries Information

There is no known Jewish cemetery in Luton or Dunstable.


Luton Jewish Population Data


First Jewish residents


about five Jewish families



(The Jewish Year Book 1945/46)



(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

Page created: 21 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 24 November 2019

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