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Halifax Jewish Community

Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire



Page created: 2 August 2007
Latest revision or update: 9 October 2017


The town of Halifax now forms part of borough of Calderdale, which was a metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire in the North of England. Calderdale was formed in 1974 from the merger of the county borough of Halifax with a number of neighbouring local authorities, all of which had been part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.  In 1986, Calderdale became a unitary authority when West Yorkshire lost its administrative status and became purely a ceremonial county.  Halifax (population about 82,000) had been a county borough since 1848.

Jewish Community

Although there is no record of a synagogue actually having been established in Halifax, the Jewish Year Book 1896 gives the name of Nathaniel Lyons as Secretary of Halifax synagogue. It the time, there was clearly a small Jewish community, the following news item appearing on page 20 of the Jewish Chronicle on 27 September 1895:

"A Minyan was formed among the few Jews in Halifax, and services were held at the home of Mr. Philip Solomon, who defrayed the cost of a Sepher Torah.  Mr. Barnett, of Leeds, officiated as Chazan, assisted by Mr. N. Cohen, who was Baal Tokeah. A Halifax paper published an essay on the New Year, written by one of the worshippers, Mr. Samuel Harris."

 In addition, in recent years, the Caldervale Jewish Community Centre has been formed, centred in near-by Hebden Bridge.


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



Registration District
(Births, Deaths & Marriages)

  • Calderdale (since 1 January 2003)

  • Previous Registration Districts:

    • From 1 July 1937 to 1 January 2003 - Halifax

  • All registers would now be held by current office.

Jewish Congregations in West Yorkshire

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