the former

Hinckley Hebrew Congregation

Hinckley, Hinckley & Bosworth, Leicestershire




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Town of Hinckley

The town of Hinckley in the English East Midlands, with a population of about 34,000, is situated about halfway between Leicester and Coventry. It was an urban district until 1974, when it was merged with adjoining areas to form the District (later Borough) of Hinckley and Bosworth, still remaining within the county of Leicestershire.

Hinckley Jewish Community

A Jewish community was established in Hinckley during World War II, primarily by evacuees, which survived a decade following for the end of the War. During this period a Jewish congregation was established, which, unlike almost all other evacuee congregations, was affiliated to the Federation of Synagogues.

Congregation Data


Hinckley Hebrew Congregation(ii)


28 New Buildings, Hinckley - from about 1952(iii)


Services were held at 33 Station Road, Hinckley - from about 1947 until about 1952;(iv)

and at 22 Gwendoline Avenue, Hinckley (the home of Mr. L. Fisher) - 1941 until 1947.(v)

In 1941, High Holyday services were arranged at the Mission Hall, Wykin estate, Hinckley.(vi)


At a meeting held in March 1941, the residents of the town, supplemented by war-time evacuees, decided to form the congregation.(viii)


A former constituent of the Federation of Synagogues.(ix)


The final meeting of the congregation was held in March 1955.(x)


Ashkenazi - Orthodox


None known

Lay Officers:

Unless otherwise stated, all data on lay officers has been extracted from listings in Jewish Year Books.(xiii)


1941-1951 - L. Fisher(xiv)

1951-1955 - M. Radom(xv)

Vice President

at least 1945-1951 - H. Boorman


at least 1945-1949 - J. Goldkorn

1949-1955 - J. Gould(xv)


1949-1951 - M. Radom

1951-1953 - A. MullerL. Calmus

1953-1955 - A. MullerJ. Black

Hon. Secretaries

at least 1945-1947 - J. Copen

1947-1949 - L. Fisher

1949-1951 - R. Daren

1951-1955 - P.A. Radom(xv)

Registration District (BMDs):

Leicestershire (since 1 January 2000)(xvi) - Link to Register Office Website.

Cemetery Details

There are no Jewish cemeteries in Hinkley.


Online Articles and Other Material relating to relating to
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Other Hinckley Jewish Institutions & Organisations

Educational & Theological

  • Talmud Torah - establishment by 1945 and active until about 1952(xvii)


Notes & Sources
( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) This was the name listed in Jewish Year Books and appeared in several press reports.

  • (iii) Address listed in Jewish Year Books from 1953.

  • (iv) Address listed in Jewish Year Books from 1948 through 1952.

  • (v) Address mentioned in Jewish Chronicle report of 21 March 1941 and listed in Jewish Year Books 1945/6 (the first edition following cessation during World War II) and 1947.

  • (vi) Jewish Chronicle report of 29 August 1941.

  • (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Jewish Chronicle report of 21 March 1941.

  • (ix) Listed as such in Jewish Year Books.

  • (x) Jewish Chronicle report of 18 March 1955.

  • (xi) and (xii) Reserved.

  • (xiii) Where a person is first listed in a Jewish Year Book as holding a particular office, it is generally assumed that his term of office commenced in the year of publication of the relevant year book. Year books were published according to the Gregorian year, being published generally towards the end of the year prior to the year appearing in the title of the year book. For example, if an officer is listed in Jewish Year Books 1949 through 1951, it is assumed that he commenced office in 1948 and continued in office until 1951. However, it should be noted that this is only an assumption and, accordingly, his actual years of office may differ from those shown here.

  • (xiv) L. Fisher was the initiator of the congregation (Jewish Chronicle report of 21 March 1941), was named as president in the Jewish Chronicle report of 13 March 1942 and listed as president in Jewish Year Books 1945/6 through 1950 and, accordingly, probably served as president from the formation of the congregation until 1950.

  • (xv) These officers also held their respective offices at the final meeting of the congregation, reported in The Jewish Chronicle of 18 March 1955.

  • (xvi) Previous Registration District: Hinckley (from 1 July 1837 to 1 January 2000). Any registers would be held by the current register office.

  • (xvii) Listed in Jewish Year Books 1945/6 through 1952.

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Page created: 28 April 2005
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 16 January 2023
Page most recently amended: 5 February 2023

Research by David Shulman and Harold Pollins
Formatting by David Shulman

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