Brighton & Hove Jewish Community

City of Brighton & Hove

The Sussex seaside resort of Brighton (originally known as Brightelstone) and adjoining Hove to its west, on England's south coast, have a population of nearly 250,000. Until 1974, Brighton was a county borough and Hove, a the municipal borough in the county of East Sussex. They were then united to form the district of Brighton & Hove in the county of East Sussex. In 1997, Brighton & Hove became a unitary authority, and in 2000 it was granted city status.

The Brighton Jewish Community

Brighton & Hove has the fifth largest Jewish community in the United Kingdom, and there exists a Brighton & Hove Jewish Representative Council. There were Jewish residents in Brighton from the second half of the 1700's, the earliest Synagogue (in Jew Street) having been established in 1792.


Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Brighton and Hove:

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



Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Brighton include:


    Meadowview Jewish Cemetery (112 records).

    Communal Leaders

    Jewish Directory for 1874  (24 Brighton records).
    Jewish Year Book 1896/97 (6 records)

    1851 Anglo Jewry Database, including Lewes (8 miles to the northeast) (updated 2016)

    Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in:
    Brighton during the 1770s (2 records), 1780s (2 records), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (11 records), 1810s (11 records), 1820s (30 records), 1830s (73 records), 1840s (95 records), 1850s (141 records), 1860s (75 records), 1870s (64 records), 1880s (44 records), 1890s (33 records), 1900s (23 records) and 1910s (12 records); and
    Lewes during the 1800s (2 records), 1810s (3 records) and 1850s (4 records).


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Brighton & Hove Jewish Community


Holocaust Memorial at Brighton Meadowview Jewish Cemetery

( 2011 Gina Marks)

Other Brighton Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew School (founded 1871).

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Brighton Hebrew Philanthropic Society (founded by 1874, but did not appear in Jewish Year Book of 1896 and later) for the relief of Jewish poor .

  • Jewish Board of Guardians (founded by 1896) to relieve of residents and casual poor

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900.

Florence Place Jewish Cemetery


Brighton Jewish Cemeteries Information

Brighton has the following Jewish Cemeteries:

  • Florence Place Old Jewish Burial Grounds, Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1. This is the original Orthodox Jewish cemetery, opened in 1826.

  • Bear Road (Meadowview) Jewish Cemetery, Meadowview Road, Bevendean Road, Brighton, Brighton BN1. The Orthodox Jewish cemetery currently in use, opened in 1920.

  • Hove Cemetery, Jewish Sections, Old Shoreham Road, Hove This is the cemetery of Brighton's non-Orthodox congregations, the Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue and Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemeteries Project - Brighton)


Brighton & Hove Jewish Population Data


only 9 adult male Jews

(righton Herald 1813)


Estimated 150

(C. Roth - The Rise of Provincial Jewry)


about 60 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1896)


about 90 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1901)


about 100 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1910)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2000)



(The Jewish Year Book 2004)

Jewish Congregations in East Sussex

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Page created: 2003
Latest revision or update: 15 February 2018




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