Southampton Jewish Community

City of Southampton

The city of Southampton, with a population of about 220,000, is the major port on the south coast of England, sitting at the northern-most point of Southampton Water, approximately halfway between Portsmouth and Bournemouth. It is a unitary authority lying geographically within the county of Hampshire.  From 1974 to 1996, it formed a district in the administrative county of Hampshire and, prior thereto, it was a county borough in Hampshire.

The Southampton Jewish Community

The earliest Jewish residents are believed to have settled in Southampton as early as 1786, and a congregation may have been formed by 1817.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Southampton. In the nineteenth century there were, at one time, two rival congregations.


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The records in the database associated with Southampton include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Southampton during the 1780s (1 record), 1790s (1 record), 1800s (4 records), 1810s (9 records); 1820s (15 records), 1830s (22 records), 1840s (30 records), 1850s (61 records), 1860s (49 records), 1870s (32 records), 1880s (26 records), 1890s (8 records), 1900s (2 records) and 1910s (1 record).


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Southampton Jewish Community



Other Southampton Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew & Religious School, previously referred to as Sabbath School (founded by 1874)

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Society for the Relief of the Poor (founded by 1874), replaced by
    Jewish Poor Relief Fund
    (founded 1876).

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900.


Southampton Jewish Cemetery Information

The are two Jewish cemeteries in Southampton:

  • Southampton Common (Old) Cemetery, Jewish Section, Cemetery Road, Southampton

    Earliest burial in 1854.

  • Hollybrook Municipal Cemetery, Jewish Section, Tremona Road, Shirley Warren, Southampton

    Opened in 1971 and currently in use.

(For additional information, see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Southampton)


Southampton Jewish Population Data


Estimated 75

(C. Roth - The Rise of Provincial Jewry)


25 families

(The Jewish Year Books 1895 through 1900/01)


20 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1906)



(The Jewish Year Book 1916)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1946)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Jewish Congregations in Hampshire

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Page created: 21 August 2005
Latest update or revision: 7 May 2017



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