Swindon Jewish Community

& Congregations

Swindon, Wiltshire




Page created: 18 April 2003
Consolidation of Swindon community and congregation pages: 9 July 2017
Latest revision or update: 29 September 2017

Swindon Jewish Community

Town of Swindon

Swindon is a large town in the west of England. In 1974, the then municipal borough of Swindon was merged with adjoining areas to form the local government district of Thamesdown, still within the county of Wiltshire. It subsequently changed its name to the borough of Swindon and  became a unitary authority in 1998.

The Swindon Jewish Community

The Jewish community was originally formed by evacuees during the Second World War. The original congregation, the Swindon Hebrew Congregation, was disbanded in the 1960s. A new congregation, the Swindon Jewish Community, was formed in the 1980s, which was initially Orthodox, bur subsequently affiliated to the Reform Movement.

The Jewish Congregations in Swindon

Initial Congregation

Congregation Data


Swindon Hebrew Congregation


30 Havelock Street, Swindon

Date Formed:

1941, initially by World War II evacuees.

Current Status:

Closed after 1965


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Present Congregation

Congregation Data


Swindon Jewish Community

Former Name:

Swindon Reform Jewish Community


No communal building, services are run in a variety of venues including membersí homes, with a regular Saturday morning service held in a local community hall.
For a short time, in 1989, the Congregation had its own synagogue premises, consisting of a large room over shops in Victoria Road, Swindon, which was rented from a member of the congregation whoowned one of the shops.

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Reform (formerly Ashkanazi Orthodox until 1986)


An associated community of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly known as the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain) since about 1986.




Rabbi Sybil Sheridan - unofficial part-time minister from about 1986 until about 1992. (The only person to be appointed as minister of the Congregation.)


Group for Certification: West London Synagogue
Registration District: Swindon


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

on the Congregation's Website


Registration District
(Births, Deaths & Marriages)

  • Swindon (since 1 May 1899) -  Register Office email

  • Previous Names of Registration District:

    • Highworth (originally Swindon & Highworth) - from 1 July 1837

  • All registers would now be held by current office.


Swindon Jewish Cemetery Information

There is now a consecrated Jewish section within the municipal Whitworth Road Cemetery, Whitworth Road, Moredon, Swindon.

Previously, the closest Jewish cemeteries were in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bristol.

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Swindon.)


Swindon Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Wiltshire

Jewish Communities of England home page



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