the former

Bishop Auckland Jewish Community

& Synagogue

North Tyneside, Tyne & Wear





Town of Bishop Auckland

The town of Bishop Auckland (population approximately 25,000) is in County Durham in North East of England, close to the confluence of the river Wear and its tributary, the river Gaunless. It was an urban district until 1974, when it merged with adjoining areas to form the Wear Valley District of County Durham. In April 2009, the Wear Valley District was merged with six other districts of County Durham to form the unitary authority of County Durham.

Bishop Auckland Jewish Community

Although there were Jewish individuals and one or two families in Bishop Aukland from the late nineteenth century, it was not until the mid-1930s when an organised Jewish congregation was established. By 1952 there was only one Jewish couple left in the town.

Congregation Data


Bishop Auckland Synagogue


The congregation initially met in the home at the home of Mr. Leo Lewin(i) and possibly subsequently at the home of other members. Later it moved to a large hall rented in the local library - presumably 11 John Street, Eldon Lane.(ii)

Date Opened:



Closed 1952(iv)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


None listed

Officers (c. 1947(v)):

President: A. Friede

Vice President: N. Gatoff

Treasurer: W. Muskat

Hon. Secretary: B. Pearlman

The congregation never appointed a resident minister.

Registration District (BMD):

County of Durham(vi)  - Link to Register Office website

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The Jewish Communities of North-East England (1980) by L. Olsover, Part Two, Chapter 7, pages 299-301.

  • (ii) Jewish Year Books from 1945-6 through 1948 give this address, Olsover (in his 1980 book, see note (i)) refers the hall rented from the library.

  • (iii) Olsover (1980 book, see note(i)). However the community did not appear in a Jewish Year Book until 1945-6 (It was not published during WWII).

  • (iv) Olsover (1980 book, see note(i)). However the community last appeared in the Jewish Year Book 1948.

  • (v) Jewish Year Book 1948, which was the only year in which the officers were listed.

  • (vi) The former Registration Districts were Auckland, from i July 1837 until 1 July 1938, and then Durham Western until 1 May 2006. Any registers would now be held by current register office.


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The records in the database associated with Bishop Auckland include:


Bishop Auckland Cemetery (Jewish Section), 1952-2005 (13 records), included in JOWBR - submitted by JCR-UK


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Bishop Auckland Jewish Community



Bishop Auckland Jewish Cemetery Information

Bishop Aukland Jewish Cemetery
This plaque was originally displayed at the Cemetery
to commemorate its consecration.
Courtesy Peter Gatoff ( 2016)

Jewish Section, Bishop Auckland Municipal Cemetery.  The small Jewish section is encircled with privet hedges. It contains 12 graves (five double graves and two single graves) and a memorial to son of a deceased couple. The Cemetery was consecrated on 2 June 1946 and burials date from 1952 to 2005 (except for one of those interred, who died in 1935). Accordingly, most of the burials having taken place after the demise of the local Jewish community. Generally, burials of members of the community took place in Darlington.

Database of burials (13 records, with photographs of all gravestones) on JOWBR (submitted by JCR-UK) searchable on All-UK Database or JOWBR (see also JOWBR Cemetery Information)

See also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Bishop Auckland

Jewish Congregations in County Durham

Jewish Communities of England home page

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Latest revision or update: 4 July 201

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