the former

Wolverton United Synagogue Membership Group

Haversham (near Wolverton),

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire




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Town of Wolverton
and Village of Haversham

Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, (population about 12,000) is now a constituent town of the "new city" of Milton Keynes and is situated on the northern edge of Milton Keynes. Haversham (population about 900) is a village just to the northeast of Wolverton.

Since 1974, Wolverton and Haversham have been part of the local government district (later borough) of Milton Keynes, which in 1997 became a unitary authority, remaining within the county of Buckinghamshire for ceremonial purposes. Until 1974, Wolverton was within the Wolverton Urban District (which was known as Stratford and Wolverton Urban District from its formation in 1919 to 1920) and Haversham was within the Newport Pagnell Rural District, formed in 1894.

Wolverton and Haversham Jewish Community

An evacuee Jewish community was founded in the area during World War II, but which did not survive long after the cessation of hostilities.

Congregation Data


Wolverton United Synagogue Membership Group
(sometimes referred to as the Haversham Jewish Community)


The congregation initially met at Bradwell Council School, St James' Street (off Newport Road)(i)

The war-time synagogue consisted of a Nissan hut erected in a field close to the homes of the members of the community.(ii)

The address in 1945 was 3 Wolverton Road, Haversham, near Wolverton, Buckinghamshire,(iii) although it is uncertain whether this was the Nissan hut referred to above.

Formation :

The congregation was founded in 1941 by war-time evacuees resident in Wolverton, Haversham, Bradwell, Stony Stratford and surrounding districts, and formed at the initiative of Rev. S. Rapoport.(iv)

Among the founders of the community were members of the Aaronberg family - brothers Sam, Lou and Bert (later, Alston). Bert had been requested by the British Government to set up a factory in a `safe` location (in the vicinity of Wolverton) to make uniforms for the armed forces. He decided that in order to run the factory efficiently and still keep his main factory operating in Mare Street, Hackney, London, the three brothers, a brother-in-law and three sisters would all oscillate between the two factories (v)


The community became a United Synagogue Membership Group in 1941.(vi)

Date Closed:

Closed in about 1946.(vii)


Ashkenazi - Orthodox

Minister & Secretary:

Rev. S. Rapaport served as minister from at least 1941 to at least 1942.(ix)

Rev. Jacob Goldstein (later known as Rev. Jack Grant) served as minister and secretary some time after March 1942 until about 1946.(x)

Lay Officers:

Chairman - A. Gould from 1941 to at least 1943(xiii)

Wardens - W. Weinbaum and K. Feigenbaum in and about 1943(xiv)

Financial Representative (Treasurer) - S. Bloom from at least 1943 until about 1945/6(xv)

President - K. Feigenbaum in about 1945/6(xvi)


Ashkenazi - Orthodox

Registration District (BMDs):

See registration district details on Milton Keynes home page.

Cemetery Details

There are no Jewish cemeteries in Milton Keynes.

See Cemeteries of the United Synagogue.


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Notes & Sources
( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Chronicle report of 14 February 1941.

  • (ii) Information communicated to JCR-UK by daughter of Sam Aaronberg, a founder of the community.

  • (iii) Jewish Year Book 1945/6.

  • (iv) Jewish Chronicle report of 14 February 1941.

  • (v) Information communicated to JCR-UK by Sam Aaronberg's daughter.

  • (vi) The first reference to the membership group was in the Jewish Chronicle report of 19 December 1941.

  • (vii) Information communicated to JCR-UK by Sam Aaronberg"s daughter. It was Listed solely in the Jewish Year Book 1945/6.

  • (viii) Reserved.

  • (ix) Jewish Chronicle reports of 14 February 1941 and 27 March 1942.

  • (x) Listed in the Jewish Year Book 1945/6 and as advised by a family member. To view a short profile of Rev Goldstein (Grant), hold the cursor over his name.

  • (xi) and (xii) Reserved.

  • (xiii) Jewish Chronicle reports of 12 December 1941 and 9 July 1943.

  • (xiv) Jewish Chronicle report of the wardens' election to office - 9 July 1943.

  • (xv) Jewish Chronicle of 9 July 1943 reported on S. Bloom's election to the office of financial representative. He was also subsequently listed as treasurer in the Jewish Year Book 1945/6.

  • (xvi) Listed as president in the Jewish Year Book 1945/6.

Milton Keynes Jewish Community home page

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World War II Evacuee Communities

Jewish Congregations in Buckinghamshire

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Page created as Haversham Jewish Community: 19 February 2008
Page renamed with data significantly expanded and notes first added: 28 December 2022
Page most recently amended: 10 September 2023

Research by David Shulman and Steven Jaffe
Formatting by David Shulman

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