Luton Jewish Community





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Town of Luton

The town and borough of Luton, which lies about 35 miles to the north of central London, has a population of about 185,000. It was a county borough until 1974, when it became a local government district within the county of Bedfordshire. In 1997, it became a unitary authority.

The Jewish Community

The first Jews settled in Luton in about the 1880's, although the Luton community was not organised until 1923.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Luton:

* An active congregation.


Online Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

On third parties' websites

Notable Jewish Connections with Luton

(Researched and prepared by Steven Jaffe)

  • The late Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was appointed head of the Luton Hebrew Congregation's Hebrew and Religious Classes in June 1977, his first congregational post, and he conducted his first Shabbat services there as an occasional visiting rabbi.

  • Michael Freedland (d. 2018), radio and newspaper journalist and presenter of the long-running radio programme, You Don't have to be Jewish, grew up in Luton, and began his career as Luton correspondent for The Jewish Chronicle.

  • David Pleat was a player (1964-1967) and later manager of Luton Town Football Club (1978-1987). As manager he achieved the Club's promotion to the First Division (then the top flight of English football) and reached the semi finals of the FA Cup.

  • Marty Feldman (1934-1982), actor, comedian and comedy writer spent his childhood in Luton after being evacuated from London during the war.


Other Luton Jewish Institutions & Organisations

  • For institutions associated with Luton United Synagugue, click HERE

Other Institutions & Organisations
(based upon first listing in Jewish Year Books)

  • Israel or Zionist Organisations:

  • Luton JNF Commissioner (founded by 1927).

  • Luton & District JNF Society (founded by 1955).

  • Luton & District Zionist Society (founded by 1955)

  • Luton Friends of Anti-TB League of Israel (founded by 1955).

  • Luton & District JPA (founded by 1955).

  • Luton & Dunstable WIZO (founded by 1990).

  • Other Organisations:

  • Luton Charities Committee (founded by 1945).

  • Luton Advisory Council (founded by 1945).

  • Luton Defence Committee (founded by 1945).

  • Luton AJEX (founded by 1948).

  • Luton League of Jewish Women (founded by 1990).


Registration Districts (for BMD)

For Luton


Jewish Cemeteries Information

There is no known Jewish cemetery in Luton.


Luton Jewish Population Data


First Jewish residents


about five Jewish families



(The Jewish Year Book 1950)



(The Jewish Year Book 1951)



(The Jewish Year Book 1961)



(The Jewish Year Book 1962)



(The Jewish Year Book 1987)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2004)

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Page created: 21 August 2005
Page most recently amended: 26 December 2022

Research by David Shulman, assisted by Steven Jaffe
Formatting by David Shulman

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