Eastbourne Jewish Community

Eastbourne, East Sussex




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The Borough of Eastbourne

The Sussex town of Eastbourne is a seaside resort on the English south coast, with a population of some 90,000. It was made a municipal borough in 1883, a county borough in 1911 and in 1974 it became a local government district within the county of East Sussex.

The Eastbourne Jewish Community

There has been a small Jewish community in Eastbourne since at least 1918, when a Orthodox congregation was established. A Progressive/Liberal congregation was founded in 2001.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Eastbourne in modern times:

* An active congregation.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Bradford Jewish Community

on third party website

Notable Jewish Connections with Eastbourne

  • Alderman Joseph Angleman was mayor of Eastbourne in 1979.

  • Jewish Musicians Associated with the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne (principal source: above video):

    • Leslie Jeffries (b. David Jaffa) (1894-1960) was a long-serving resident musical director at the Grand Hotel from 1934 until 1954. He died at the Grand Hotel after a return performance there.

    • Lou Morris, multi-instumentalist with Cecil Sapseid and his Savona Dance Band.

    • Abraham Sandler (1906-1948) was from 1925 a BBC radio celebrity, broadcasting as Albert Sandler and his Grand Hotel (Eastbourne Orchestra).

    • Auguste (Ezechiel) Van Biene (1849-1913), musician, actor and composer known as the "magician of the Cello".

    • Simon van Lier (1878-1966), was the Grand Hotel's first orchestra director from 1903. His wife, Flora Manheim (1877-1942), violinist and leader of ladies' Scottish orchestras, was murdered at Auschwitz.


Community Records

  • Registration District (BMD): East Sussex (since 1 May 2008)

    • Previous Registration District:
         Eastbourne (from 1 July 1837 to 1 May 2008).

    • Any registers would now be held by current register office

    • Link to Register Office website


Eastbourne Jewish Cemeteries Information

The Jewish cemetery in Eastbourne:

  • Eastbourne Borough Cemetery, Jewish Section, Hide Hollow, Langney, Eastbourne, BN23. Consecrated in 1930. Operated in conjunction with the Brighton Chevra Kadisha.

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Eastbourne)


Eastbourne Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1953)



(The Jewish Year Book 1959)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1979)



(The Jewish Year Book 1990)



(The Jewish Year Book 1993)



(The Jewish Year Book 1997)

Jewish Congregations in East Sussex

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Page created: 21 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 20 September 2021

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