Southampton Jewish Community

Southampton, Hampshire




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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.

* An active congregation.


Search the All-UK Database

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


on third part websites

  • University of Southampton Special Collection - The Anglo-Jewish Archives - contains records from a large number of organisations as well as the personal papers of significant individuals in Anglo-Jewish history.


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
Formed by 1900*

  • 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


Community Records


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 some additional information, also see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Southampton)


Southampton Jewish Population Data


75 (estimated)

(C. Roth - The Rise of Provincial Jewry)


25 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1896/97)


20 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1906)



(The Jewish Year Book 1916)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1946/46)



(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 revision or update: 30 August 2019

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