York Jewish Community

and Synagogues

York, North Yorkshire




Page created: 18 April 2003
Latest revision or update: 12 July 2017

City of York

York, a historic city in Northern England located at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, has a tragic place in Jewish history, remembered for the massacre of the Jewish community which occurred in 1190.  Its present boundaries date to 1996,  when it became a unitary authority, within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, and it currently has a population of about 180,000. From 1974 to 1996, the somewhat smaller city of York was a district within the county of North Yorkshire. It is in the traditional county town of Yorkshire and was a county borough not forming part of any of the three Ridings into which Yorkshire was divided until 1974.

York Jewish Community

There was an important Jewish community in York in the medieval period. In modern times, there have been two organised Jewish congregations, the York Hebrew Congregation, whose synagogue closed in 1975 and is now effectively defunct, and the York Liberal Synagogue, formed in 2014.

Data on First Congregation


York Hebrew Congregation

Former Synagogue Address:

Aldwark, York

Date Formed:


Current Status:

The synagogue closed in about 1975 and the Jewish community ceased to have a formal place of worship. Certain Jewish communal events (communal seder, chanukah party, Friday night suppers, etc.) continued to take place for some years after closure of the synagogue.


The congregation was Ashkenazi Orthodox, although, after closure of the synagogue, it became non-denominational.


Became affiliated to Leeds United Hebrew Congregation (UHC) solely for the purposes of burial rights.

Membership Data:

1896 - 14 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896)
1900 - 23 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900-01)

Cemetery Information:

For details of the Leeds UHC Cemetery (including database), see Cemetery Information on Leeds Jewish Community home page.


Data on Second Congregation


York Liberal Synagogue


No permanent address, although services usually held at Friergate Quaker House.

Current Status:


Date Formed:

May 2014


Liberal / Progressive


A full constituent member of Liberal Judaism since 28 April 2015.




Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with York include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in York during the 1800s (1 record), 1820s (1 record), 1830s (1 record), 1840s (7 records), 1850s (11 records) and 1860s (2 records).


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York Jewish Cemetery Information

There is no modern Jewish in York

For York's medieval Jewish cemetery, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - York


York Jewish Population Datafont>



(The Jewish Year Book 1896)



(The Jewish Year Book 1901)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(T(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in North Yorkshire

Jewish Communities of England home page



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