the former

Egham Jewish Community

and Hebrew Congregation





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Town of Egham

The town of Egham, which has a population of some 6,000 (although there are over 25.000 in the Egham Built-up Area), lies about 19 miles from central London, approximately three miles to the south-west of the administrative boundary of Greater London. It is now in the Borough of Runnymede, a local government district of the county of Surrey, formed in 1974 and subsequently granted borough status. Prior to 1974, it was part of the Urban District of Edgham (created 1906, and previously a rural district from 1894) in the county of Surrey.

Egham Jewish Community

A small Jewish community developed in Egham during World War II comprised primarily of evacuees from heavily populated areas, but did not survive beyond the end of the war.

Congregation Data


Egham Hebrew Congregation


Three rooms on the ground floor, Thorpe Lea House, Egham were registered as a Place of Worship for Egham Synagogue - Worship Register Number 61840 - under the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855.(ii) It is currently unclear whether such registration relates to this 1940s congregation or to some other Jewish congregation that may have exited in the town.

Date Founded:

About 1940


Closed by 1945(iii)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Rev. Abraham Berman - until 1941(iv)

Registration District:

Surrey (since 4 August 2008)(v) - Link to Register Office website


There is no Jewish cemetery in Egham.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) and (ii) Reserved.

  • (ii) Page 1356 of the 2010 List of Places of Worship.

  • (iii) The congregation was not listed in Jewish Year Book 1945/6, the first to be published following the cessation of the publication during World War II.

  • (iv) Jewish Chronicle report.

  • (v) Previous registration districts:
    From 1 April 1934 to 1 April 1965 - Surrey North Western
    From 1 April 1965 to 1 April 1974 - North Surrey
    From 1 April 1974 to 1 October 1996 - Surrey North Western
    From 1 October 1996 to 4 August 2008 - North Surrey.
    Any registers would now be held by the current office.


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