Lancaster Region Jewish Community

and Congregations

Lancashire & Cumbria




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Lancaster, in Northwest England, with a population of some 46,000, is the county town of Lancashire. It is in the north of the county, closer to the county of Cumbria and the Lake District than to industrial cities of South Lancashire. Lancaster lies within the (larger) City of Lancaster, a local government district within the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire. The district was formed in 1974 from the merger of a number of local authorities - all in Lancashire (including the municipal borough of Lancaster).

Jewish Community

There are only a small number Jews in living in Lancaster, Preston (some 20 miles to the South) and the surrounding region. However, two small Jewish congregations or groups have emerged in recent year, both serving Cumbria and the northern towns of Lancashire.

Data on First Congregation


Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community


No fixed premises, although services are held in the synagogue room at Lancaster University on festivals and occasionally on Sabbath. The Community is intended to serve Jews throughout the area stretching from Lancaster and North Lancashire to Cumbria, up to the Scottish border.(i)

Date Founded:

Founded by at least September 2007(ii)

Current Status:






Congregation Blog


Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Congregation's blog, last accessed 2 January 2019.

  • (ii) This is the date of the earliest blog on th Congregation's blog site.

  • (iii) to (v) Reserved.


Data on Second Congregation


Lancashire and Cumbria Liberal Jewish Community


No fixed premises, meets in members homes. Serves Jewish Community in Preston, Lancaster, Kendal and nearby areas

Date Founded:

Late 2014

Current Status:



Liberal / Progressive


A developing community and associated congregation of Liberal Judaism(vi)

Membership Data:

Reports & Surveys(vii)

2016 - listed as having under 50 members (by household).

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (vi) Liberal Judaism's website, last accessed 24 July 2019.

  • (vii) 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.


Community Records

Registration Districts (BMD):

  • Lancashire (since 1 June 2005) - office situated in Preston.

  • Cumbria (since 1 December 2011)  - office situated in Carlisle

  • Any registers would now be held by current register offices.


Jewish Cemetery Information

There is no Jewish cemetery in Lancaster or Cumbria.


List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Lancashire

Jewish Congregations in Cumbria

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 14 January 2016
Latest revision or update: 4 August 2019

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