Kent Liberal Jewish Community

& the Jewish Community of Maidstone

Maidstone, Kent




Page created: 10 February 2006
Latest revision or update: 12 July 2017

Borough of Maidstone

Maidstone, situated on the river Medway about 30 miles from London, is the county town of Kent in southeast England. The present boundaries date back to 1974, when the local government district (now borough) of Maidstone was formed, within the county of Kent, by the merger of the then municipal borough of Maidstone, the Maidstone rural district and adjoining areas.

Maidstone Jewish Community

Although there are records of Jewish residents of Maidstone from as early as the first half of the nineteenth century, it appears that no formal congregation was ever established until the formation of a Liberal congregation in the 1990s.

Congregation Data


Kent Liberal Jewish Community - Ohel Rachel

Former Name:

Kent Liberal Jewish Community, until 2011


Generally meets at various venue in central Maidstone

Date Founded:


Current Status:





A constituent of Liberal Judaism (formerly Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues) from about 2004.

Membership Numbers:

About 50


http://www.kljc.org.uk and

(an umbrella website that includes this congregation)


Congregation History

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery in Maidstone. Members of the Congregation may have joined the Liberal Judaism Burial Scheme with the right of burial in one of the Liberal Judaism cemeteries (Edgwarebury or Cheshunt), although the cost of a funeral is not covered. Alternatively, there is a specifically Jewish Section to Chatham municipal cemetery, which is only about ten miles away. 


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The records in the database associated with Maidstone include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Maidstone during the 1830s (4 records), 1840s (10 records), 1850s (13 records), 1860s (1 record), 1870s (2 records), 1880s (3 records) and 1900s (1 record).

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Jewish Congregations in Kent

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