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The Letchworth Jewish Community was founded in 1939. It was almost unique among those communities formed during World War II by Jewish families relocating from London to escape the German air raids, in that the community was almost exclusively orthodox. The Letchworth Jewish community had the infrastructure that normally accompanied much larger communities, such as a kosher butcher, mikva, Talmud Torah, etc. The community began to decline following the end of the War, but continued to exist until 1971.
Adjoining Hitchin also had a war time congregation and, today, there is a yeshiva in the the close-by village of Great Offley. Hitchin also had a medieval Jewish community
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