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Cambridge Jewish Community

City of Cambridge

The university city of Cambridge, situated in the east of England on the river Cam, has a population of over 100,000.  It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it became a local government district of the administrative county of  Cambridgeshire.

The Cambridge Jewish Community

There had been a medieval Jewish community in Cambridge. Jews had began to resettle in Cambridge by the mid-eighteenth century and the town is believed to have had an organised community by 1774. However, the community did not continue long into the nineteenth century and was defunct by the 1830s. It was then re-established in the 1840s. 

Jewish Congregations

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

*   Denotes active congregation


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Cambridge include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Cambridge during the 1790s (8 records), 1800s (11 records), 1810s (8 records); 1820s (4 records), 1830s (6 records), 1840s (13 records), 1850s (25 records), 1860s (3 records), 1870s (9 records), 1880s (4 records), 1890s (3 records) and 1900s (2 records).


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


on third party's website

  • Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Cambridge by Joseph Jacobs, c-1906..


Other Cambridge Jewish Institutions

Other Jewish institutions that exist in the Cambridge include the following:

  • Chabad of Cambridge (http://www.cuchabad.org)
    Founded in 2003 by Chabad Representative Rabbi Reuven Leigh who is currently (February 2016) still Director. In 2006, it acquired Rohr Chabad House.

  • Cambridge Jewish Residents Association (CJRA)
    (website: http://cambridgejewishresidents.org) Founded in 1940-41 following the influx of Jewish evacuees and refugees during World War II. CJRA is a representative body for all Jews in Cambridge and is an umbrella group for th ewhole Jewish community.

  • Cambridge Jewish Cultural Association
    An offshoot of CJRA.

  • Cambridge University Jewish Society


Cambridge Jewish Population Data
(excluding student population)



(The Jewish Year Book 1896)



(The Jewish Year Book 1898)



(The Jewish Year Book 1901)



(The Jewish Year Book 1910)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)


over 1,000   

(analysis of UK National Census)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)



(estimate from UK National Census)


Cambridge Jewish Cemetery Information

  • Newmarket Road Cemetery, Jewish Section. This (together with the Jewish Section at the new Dry Drayton Cemetery) is the cemetery of the Jewish orthodox congregation. The cemetery was established in 1941.

  • Newmarket Road Cemetery, Reform Jewish Section, established in 1984.

  • There are also a number of American Jewish servicemen buried in the American War Cemetery, Madingley Road, just outside Cambridge

  • (There was also a medieval Jewish Cemetery in use from after 1177 until 1290.)

(For additional information, see also IAJGS International Jewish Cemeteries Project - Cambridge)

Jewish Congregations in Cambridgeshire

Jewish Communities of England home page




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