Amersham & Chesham Jewish Community





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The Towns of Amersham & Chesham

Amersham and Chesham are adjacent towns in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, in south central England, with populations of about 17,000 and 21,000, respectively. Though some distance from London, they are connected to the London Underground system.

In 1974 the Chesham Urban District and the Amersham Rural District (both formed in 1894) were merged to form the local government District of Chiltern. This on 1 April 2020 was merged with all other local authorities in Buckinghamshire, other than Milton Keynes, to form the unitary authority of the Buckinghamshire Council.

The Jewish Community in Amersham and Chesham

The first Jewish community was founded during World War II, by families evacuated from London, which lasted into the 1960's. Subsequently a Liberal congregation was established.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Amersham and Chesham:

* An active congregation.

Rabbi in Green Jacket
The Rabbi in the Green Jacket
Memories of Jewish Buckinghamshire 1939-1945


Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD): Buckinghamshire (since 1 July 2007) - office situated in Aylesbury, Bucks.

    • Previous Registration Districts:
         Amersham (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1974);
         Chiltern & Beaconsfield (from 1 April 1974 to 1 June 1988);
         Chiltern & South Bucks (renaming) (from 1 June 1988 to 1 November 1989); and
         Chiltern Hills (from 1 November 1989 to 1 July 2007).

    • Any registers would now be held by current register office.

    • Link to Register Office website


Jewish Cemetery Information

There are no Jewish cemeteries in Buckinghamshire.


Amersham & Chesham Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1948)


80 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1953)


12 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1964)



(The Jewish Year Book 1987)



(The Jewish Year Book 2000)

Bibliography - Amersham & Chesham

Jewish Congregations in Buckinghamshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 1 March 2006
Latest revision or update: 11 July 2021

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