Hastings Jewish Community

Hastings, East Sussex




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Borough of Hastings

The famous Sussex town of Hastings on the English south coast, has a population of some 85,000, and includes the more suburban areas of St. Leonards-on-Sea and Bexhill-on-Sea. Hastings was granted borough status in 1086. In 1888, it was made a county borough and in 1974 it became a local government district within the county of East Sussex.

Hastings Jewish Community

There have been Jewish residents of Hastings, St Leonards-on-Sea and Bexhill-on-Sea since the early nineteenth century, drawn in part to its status as a fashionable health resort, although for much of the time there was no organised Jewish community and the community never built a formal synagogue. There has also been a number of Jewish hotels in the towns. Short-lived Orthodox congregations were founded in the 1880s and 1920s and in the 1970s a Reform-orientated Jewish society, centred in Bexhill, was established and the community acquired a Jewish cemetery.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations and groups that exist or existed in Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill-on-Sea:

* An active congregation.


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Hastings include:

  • UK Jewish Communal Leaders Database

    • 14 Hastings records (as of 30 September 2021).

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

    • Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Hastings during the 1850s (7 records); 1860s (5 records), 1880s (14 records), 1900s (3 records) and 1910s (1 record)


Bibliography, Online Articles and Other Material
relating to the Hastings Jewish Community

  • Bibliography:

on third part Websites


Other Jewish Associations
in Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill-on-Sea

  • Bexhill and District Jewish Friends from at least 2006 until at least 2015.*


* Listed in Jewish Year Books from 2007 until the last edition (2015).


Community Records

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

    • Previous Registration Districts:
         Hastings (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1977)
         Hastings & Rother (from 1 April 1977 to 1 May 2008)

    • Any registers would be held by current register office.

    • Link to Register Office website


Hastings Jewish Cemeteries Information

There is a Jewish cemetery in Hastings:

  • A Jewish section (block 'NA') was set aside in 1975 at Hastings Cemetery, 234 The Ridge Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2AE and contains approximately 25 graves.

For additional information. if any, see IAJGS Cemeteries Project - Hastings.


Hastings Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1977)



(The Jewish Year Book 1978)



(The Jewish Year Book 1985)



(The Jewish Year Book 1986)

Jewish Congregations in East Sussex

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Page created: 17 September 2019
Latest revision or update: 18 August 2022

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