Bognor Regis & District Hebrew Congregation

and Jewish Community

Bognor Regis, West Sussex




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Bognor Regis (Arun) Jewish Community

Bognor Regis & District

The seaside town of Bognor Regis is on the English South Coast and has a population of about 22,000.  It was an urban district until 1974, when its administration was merged with the urban district Littlehampton and other adjoining areas to form the local government District of Arun, within the county of West Sussex.  The town was formerly known just as Bognor, having added the word "Regis" following a visit by King George V in 1929.  Felpham, a village to the east is now part of the urban area of Bognor Regis, and Middleton-on-Sea and Littlehampton, lying slightly further to the east, are also within the District of Arun. The city of Chichester, which city status, is some 7 miles to the northwest of Bognor Regis.

The Bognor Regis Jewish Community

The current Jewish congregation in Bognor Regis, the Bognor Regis and District Hebrew Congregation, dates from the 1960s - see congregation details below.

In addition, briefly during the 1940s, services were held in a number of locations in the area (see below).

Congregation Data(i)


Bognor Regis and District Hebrew Congregation


Elm Lodge, Sylvan Way, Bognor Regis PQ21 2RS(ii)

For a few years in the 1970s, the congregation had a dedicated synagogue in a vacated Council Library in London Road, Bognor Regis.

Current Status:


Date Founded:

About 1962




None known

Membership Data:

The congregation covers an area extending beyond Bogna Regis and includes Chichester and other close-by towns.

During the 1970s, membership was approximately 40 to 50.

The congregation does not have a formal membership. As of April 2018, there was probably a core potential membership of about 16 (with some 24 on the mailing list).

National Reports & Surveys(iii)

1977 & 1983 - 12 male (or household) members and 7 individual female members 

1990 - 16 members (comprising 12 households, 2 individual male and 2 individual female members)

1996 - 10 members (comprising 6 households, 2 individual male and 2 individual female members)

2010 and 2016 - listed as having under 50 members (by household)

Worls War II


During the early 1940s, there were a number of short-lived Jewish congregations in the area, presumably formed primarily by wartime evacuees from London:

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no.257718), registered on 14 January 1969.(vi) The governing document is the congregation's Constitution as amended 7 January 1969.

Cemetery Information:

There is a small consecrated Jewish section in the municipal Bognor Regis Cemetery, Town Cross Avenue, Bognor Regis, established in about 1970. (For additional information, if any, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Bognor Regis.)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Unless otherwise stated, the data in this table is based upon information provide by Congregation's Chairman on 25 April 2018.

  • (ii) This has been the address given for the congregation in Jewish Year Books since 1973. There had previously a number of different addresses since the congregation's first listing in Jewish Year Book 1964, which appear to be the addresses of the then secreataries of the congregation.

  • (iii) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (iv) Jewish Chronicle reports of 17 May 1940 and 29 November 1940.

  • (v) Listed in Jewish Year Book 1940.

  • (vi) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 27 April 2018.


Community Records

Registration District (BMD):

  • West Sussex (since 1 April 2010).

    • Previous Registration Districts
         Westhampnett - from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1935; and
         Chichester - 1 April 1935 to 1 April 2010.

    • Any registers would now be held by current register office, which is situated in Chichester.

  • Link to Register Office website


Bognor Regis Jewish Population Data



Jewish Year Book 1966


20 families

Jewish Year Book 1975


15 families

Jewish Year Book 1982


20 to 40

Jewish Year Books 1986 through 2009

Jewish Congregations in West Sussex

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Latest revision or update: 29 May 2022

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