Chiltern Jewish Community
(Amersham & Chesham)

The Towns of Amersham & Chesham

The local government District of Chiltern in the county of Buckinghamshire was formed in 1974 by the merger the Chesham Urban District and the Amersham Rural District. Amersham and Chesham are adjacent towns in the Chiltern Hills in south central England, with populations of about 17,000 and 21,000, respectively, and though some distance from London, are connected to the London Underground system.

The Chiltern Jewish Community

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 what is today the District of Chiltern:


Rabbi in Green Jacket

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


Community Records

Registration District (BMD):

  • Buckinghamshire (since 1 July 2007)

    • Previous Registratin Districts:
      Amersham - from founding of congregation
      Chiltern & Beaconsfield - from 1 April 1974
      Chiltern Hills - from 1 November 1998.

    • Any registers would now be held by current register office

  • Register Office website


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 1964)


Jewish Congregations in Buckinghamshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 1 March 2006
Latest revision or update: 30 July 201



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