Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation

& Jewish Community

Cheltenham, Gloustershire




Page created: 30 November 2005
Latest revision or update: 9 October 2020

Cheltenham Town

The spa town of Cheltenham, with a population of approximately 110,000, is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds hills in the West of England.  It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it was merged with an adjoining authority to form the local government district (later borough) of Cheltenham, remaining within the county of Gloucestershire.

Cheltenham Jewish Community

A Jewish Community has existed in Cheltenham since at least 1823.  Due to a dwindling congregation, the synagogue closed in 1903, but was reopened in 1939, as a result of the influx of Jewish refugees and evacuation from major population centres. The Jewish congregation is known as the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation, information on which is set out below  In 2008, the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Congregation (see separately), was established, centred in Cheltenham but serving the whole county of Gloucestershire.

Congregation Data


Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation


The Synagogue, Synagogue Lane, St. James's Square, Cheltenham, Gloucester GL50 3PU (built in 1839-40, restored 1864, but was closed from 1903 to 1939)




1837; disbanded in 1903; and re-formed in 1939.


Ashkenazi Orthodox



Marriage Certification:

Group: Board of Deputies;
Worship Number: 20818;
Registration District: Cheltenham

Membership Data:

1845 - 13 ba'alai batim (including 5 non-residents) and 8 seatholders (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire) 
1852 - 15 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1860 - 19 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1870 - 18 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1880 - 13 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1890 - 7 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1896 - 3 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896/7)
1900 - 0 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1999 - 25 members (Board of Deputies return)


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The records in the database associated with Cheltenham include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Cheltenham during the 1790s (1 record), 1810s (2 records); 1820s (7 records), 1830s (33 records), 1840s (85 records), 1850s (57 records), 1860s (38 records), 1870s (22 records), 1880s (8 records), 1890s (3 records), 1900s (3 records) and 1910s (2 records).


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


on Third Party websites


Cheltenham Jewish Cemeteries Information

  • Cheltenham Jewish Burial Ground, Elm Street / Malvern Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. This Jewish cemetery was purchased in about 1824 and enlarged on several occasions (1835, 1839, 1845 and 1860). It is still in use and maintained by the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation.

    Articles and other material on JCR-UK:

    • "Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, includes an Introduction that makes reference to Cheltenham. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

  • Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Cemetery. This cemetery is a section of the Cheltenham (Municipal) Cemetery, Bouncer's Lane, Prestbury, Cheltenham and was opened in April 2009, as the designated burial grounds, initially of the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Congregation, and now of its successor congregation, the Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community.

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


Cheltenham Jewish Population Data



The Jewish Year Book 1896)



The Jewish Year Book 1901)



(The Jewish Year Book 1910)


80 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1949)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)


Communal Records

  • Synagogue Records:
       1800-1896 minutes held by Hartley Institute Library, Londo

Jewish Congregations in Gloucestershire

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