Bradford Jewish Community

Bradford, West Yorkshire




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City of Bradford

The officially-named City of Bradford Metropolitan District, in northern England, has a population of nearly half a million.  The present boundaries date from 1974, when the county borough of Bradford was merged with a number of other localities from West Riding of Yorkshire (including the district of Ilkley) to form the metropolitan district within the then new metropolitan county of West Yorkshire.  Bradford became a unitary authority in 1986 when West Yorkshire lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.

The Bradford Jewish Community

The Jewish community of the Greater Bradford area dates from the mid-nineteenth century and at its highest point (in the period following World War II) numbered no more than approximately 1,000 individuals. As with many provincial communities, its growth was due primarily to three separate waves of immigrants, the first of German Jews arriving in the years 1830 to 1870, next of Jews fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe in the years 1880 to 1905 and thirdly of Jews from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia seeking refuge from Nazism in the late 1930s.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Bradford:

* An active congregation.

The following are former or alternative names of the above congregations:

    • Bowland Street Synagogue- see Bradford Reform Synagogue  

    • Bradford Congregation of British and Foreign Jews - see Bradford Reform Synagogue

    • Bradford Synagogue - see Bradford Reform Synagogue

    • Bradford Synagogue of British and Foreign Jews - see Bradford Reform Synagogue

    • Bradford Tree of Life Synagogue- see Bradford Reform Synagogue

    • Jewish Association - see Bradford Reform Synagogue  

    • Houghton Place Synagogues - see Bradford Hebrew Congregation

    • Kirkgate Synagogue - see Bradford New Hebrew Orthodox Congregation

    • Spring Gardens Synagogue- see Bradford Hebrew Congregation

    • Springhurst Road Synagogue- see Bradford Hebrew Congregation


Bradford Jewish Cemeteries Information



Search the Bradford Jewish Cemeteries Database,
including burial records and photographs of the headstones,
as well as plans and a description of the cemeteries

Basic Cemeteries Information

The Cemeteries are part of the main Scholemoor Cemetery, Necropolis Road and consist of two sections, both still in use:

  • The Reform Section, the cemetery of the Bradford Synagogue for British and Foreign Jews (Reform), comprising two separate parts: the old part, first burial 1877; and the new part, first burial 1983. The Database includes over 200 burials from 1877 to May 2017.

  • The Orthodox Section, the cemetery of the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, also comprising two separate parts: the old part, first burial 1912, now full; and the new part. The Database includes over 400 burials from 1912 to May 2017.

Also on JCR-UK are photographs of the Stained Glass Windows and Memorial Plaques in the Ohel (Prayer Hall) in the Orthodox Section of the Cemetery.

(For some additional information, also see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Bradford)


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Bradford include:

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

    • Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Bradford during the 1820s (2 records), 1840s (11 records), 1850s (47 records), 1860s (5 records), 1870s (11 records), 1880s (10 records), 1890s (2 records), 1900s (3 records) and 1910s (1 record).


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


on third party's website


Community Records

  • Registration District (BMD): Bradford & Keighley (since 1 October 2008)

    • Previous Registration District:
         Bradford (from 1 July 1837 to 1 October 2008).

    • Any registers would be held by current register office.

    • Register Office website


Bradford Jewish Population Data


First Jewish inhabitant (Jacob Behrens)


30 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1897/98)



(The Jewish Year Book 1899/1900)



(The Jewish Year Book 1902/03)



(The Jewish Year Book 1910)



(The Jewish Year Book 1912)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1950)



(The Jewish Year Book 1955)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Jewish Congregations in West Yorkshire

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Page created: 21 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 20 September 2019

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