the former

Basildon Hebrew Congregation

Basildon, Essex




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Town of Basildon

Basildon, designated a “New Town” in 1949, is in southeast England about 25 miles northeast of London, with a population of about 120,000.  It is a local government district of the county of Essex, formed in 1974 but based primarily on the area formerly covered by Basildon Urban District.

Basildon Jewish Community

There was a small Jewish community in Basildon established from the 1950s. However, this has now dwindled and the synagogue has closed.

Congregation Data


Basildon Hebrew Congregation (also known as Basildon Synagogue)

Former Name:

Basildon Jewish Community until about 1960(i)


"Whiteway", Basildon Road, Laindon, Basildon, Essex (from about 1975 until about 1998(ii))

Previously, services held at Park Avenue, High Road, Basildon.

Current Status:

Closed about 2004(iii) - merged with Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation.

Date Founded:



The congregation was affiliated to the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation in the early 1960s.(v)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


None listed

Membership Data:

Reports & Surveys (viii)

1977 - 24 male (or household) members and 3 female members

1983 - 16 male (or household) members and 3 female members

1990 - 14 members (comprising 10 households, 1 individual male and 3 female members)

1996 - 6 members (comprising 4 households and 2 female members)

Registration District:

Essex (Brentwood)(ix) (since 1 February 2010) - Link to Register Office website.

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery in Basildon and burial arrangements were made through the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation.(x)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) This was the name under which the congregation was listed  in the Jewish Year Book 1960. 

  • (ii) Based upon the the first reference to this address in the Jewish Year Book 1974 and the last reference in the 1996 edition. From the Jewish Year Book 1997, it stated that services were held in members' homes. 

  • (iii) The Jewish Year Book 2005 was the first to state that the congregation had merged with the Southend & Westcliff congregatiion.

  • (iv) Jewish Year Books.

  • (v) Jewish Year Books 1961 to 1963.

  • (vi) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (v) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (ix) The former Registration Districts were Billericay from 1 July 1837 to 1 July 1939; Brentwood from 1 July 1939 to 1 April 1974, then Basildon for three months until 1 July 1974, then Brentwood again until 1 February 2010. Any registers would now be held by current register office.

  • (x) Jewish Year Books from 1992.


Basildon Jewish Population Data



Jewish Year Book 1962



Jewish Year Book 1968



Jewish Year Book 1980



Jewish Year Book 1983



Jewish Year Book 1985



Jewish Year Book 1987



Jewish Year Book 1988



Jewish Year Book 1992



Jewish Year Book 1994



Jewish Year Book 1998



Jewish Year Book 1999



Jewish Year Book 2005

Jewish Congregations in Essex

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Page created: 14 March 2006
Page most recently amended: 31 July 2020

Research and formatting by David Shulman

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