the former

Weston-super-Mare Hebrew Congregation

Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, Somerset




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Town of Weston-super-Mare

The town of Weston-super-Mare, with a population of 70,000, is a seaside resort on the Bristol Channel in Southwest England. It was a municipal borough in the county of Somerset until 1974, when it merged with neighbouring localities to form the local government district of Woodspring in the short-lived county of Avon. In 1996, Woodspring's name was changed to North Somerset and it became a unitary authority, returning, for ceremonial purposes, to be part of the county of Somerset.

Weston-super-Mare Jewish Community

A small Jewish community developed in Weston-super-Mare during World War II comprised largely of evacuees from heavily populated areas, but did not survive long after end of the War.

Congregation Data


Weston-super-Mare Hebrew Congregation


Not specified(ii)

Date Founded:

About 1941(iii)


Closed in about 1947(iv)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Rev. Solomon Raphael Evans - from 1941 until about 1945(vii)

Lay Officers:

The undermentioned were listed as the officers of the congregation in the Jewish Year Books for both 1945/6 and 1947:


M. Silver


H. Kushner

Hon. Secretary

M. Zimmermann

Population Data:

1945 - Jewish Population approximately 40(viii)


There is no Jewish cemetery in Weston-super-Mare. The nearest Jewish cemeteries are in Bristol.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) The Jewish Year Books make no reference to an address.

  • (iii) According to Jerusalem Post reports there congregation had already ben organised by 1941.

  • (iv) The congregation was last listed in the Jewish Year Book 1947.

  • (v) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (vii) The Jewish Chronicle reported in 1941 that Rabbi Evans had taken up the position of minister, reader, shochet and headmaster with to the congregation. He was listed as minister of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book 1945/6.

  • (viii) Jewish Year Book 1945/6.


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Communal Records

Registration District (BMD):

  • North Somerset (since 1 January 1996) - Link to Register Office website

  • Previous Registration Districts:
       Axbridge - from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1936;
       Weston super Mare - 1 April 1936 to 1 January 1996;
       (All registers would now be held by current office.)

World War II Evacuee Communities

Jewish Congregations in Somerset

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Page most recently amended: 14 December 2020

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