Dacorum Jewish Community





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Borough of Dacorum

Dacorum is a local government district (with borough status since 1984) within the county of Hertfordshire, to the northeast of London. It was formed in 1974 by the merger of all or part of seven local authorities, including the municipal borough of Hemel Hempstead and the urban district of Berkhampsted.

Among the towns that comprise Dacorum are Hemel Hempstead, designated a “New Town” in 1946 and with a current population of about 80,000; and Berkhamsted, a historic town of about 19,000 situated on the Grand Union Canal and the river Bulborne.

The Dacorum Jewish Community

Although there was a medieval Jewish community in Berkhamsted, the first Jewish community in the area was founded during World War II, by families evacuated from London.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in what is now the Borough of Dacorum:

* An active congregation.


Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD): Hertfordshire (since 1 April 2008)

    • Previous Registration Districts:

      • For Berkhamsted:
           Berkhampstead (from 1 July 1837 to 1 October 1939)
           Berkhamsted (renaming) (from 1 October 1939 to 1 April 1974)
           Dacorum (from 1 April 1974 to 1 April 2008)

      • For most of Hemel Hempstead:
           Hemel Hempstead (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1974)
           Dacorum (from 1 April 1974 to 1 April 2008)

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

    • Link to Register Office website.


Dacorum Jewish Cemeteries Information

There is no Jewish cemetery in the Borough of Dacorum.


Dacorum Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

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Page created: 14 March 2006
Page most recently amended: 6 December 2019

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