the former

Whitehaven Jewish Community

Whitehaven, Cumbria



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Latest revision or update: 25 December 2016

Town of Whitehaven

The town of Whitehaven (population approximately 25,000), is a small port on the coast of North West England.   It was a municipal borough in the then county of Cumberland, until 1974, when it was merged with neighbouring districts to form the local government district of Copeland, within the newly created county of Cumbria.

Whitehaven Jewish Community

The existence of a Jewish community in Whitehaven is based upon a report in the Jewish Chronicle of 1874, there being no mention of a community in the town in any reference books. In 1944, it was reported that a barmitzvah ceremony had taken place in Whitehaven, but this was probably by a family evacuated to the town during World War II.

Congregation Data


Whitehaven Synagogue

Date Opened:



1874 - 11 seatholders (four married and seven single)

Current Status:

Closed, but date uncertain.


Ashkenazi Orthodox (Lithuanian)


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The records in the database associated with Whitehaven include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Whitehaven during the 1830s (3 records).

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