Crawley Progressive Jewish Community

Crawley, West Sussex




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Town of Crawley

Crawley, in southeast England to the south of London, was designated a “New Town” in 1947 and has a population of about 100,000.  It became a local government district (later borough) within the county of West Sussex in 1974, as a result of the merger of the Crawley Urban District (part of West Sussex) with an area of Surrey to the north.

Jewish Community

A small Jewish community has developed in and around Crawley.

Congregation Data


Crawley Progressive Jewish Community

Former Name:

Crawley Hebrew Congregation (until about 1959)(ii)


No fixed address(iii)

Current Status:


Date Founded:

1958 or 1959(iv)


Liberal / Progressive


A constituent community of Liberal Judaism, formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues.


None Listed

Membership Data:

National Reports and Surveys:(v)

1977 & 1983 - 18 male (or household) members and estimated 18 female members

1990 - 17 members (comprising 10 households and 7 individual female members)

1996 - 13 members (comprising 8 households, 1 individual male and 4 individual female members)

2010 & 2016  - listed as having under 50 members (by household))

Charitable Status:

No information found of registered charity status (as of 19 July 2019).

Registration District:

West Sussex(vi) - link to register office website (records held in Chichester)

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery in Crawley

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) Based upon this being the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books 1959, it first appearance in the year book.

  • (iii) Liberal Judaism website, last accessed 19 July 2019.

  • (iv) Jewish Year Books initially gave the date the congregation was established as 1958 but later (in 1994) gave 1959 as the date established.

  • (v) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (vi) The former Registration District was Crawley, from 1 April 1974 until 1 April 2010. All registers would now be held by current register office..

Crawley Jewish Population Data


39 familes

(The Jewish Year Book 1966)


about 50

(The Jewish Year Book 1971)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991



(The Jewish Year Book 2006)

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