the former

Malvern Hebrew Congregation

& Jewish Community





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Town of Malvern

The spa town of Malvern, with a population of 30,000, is situated at the foot of the Malvern Hills in western Worcestershire, about 35 miles southwest of Birmingham.

It was part of the Urban District of Malvern (formed in about 1900) in the County of Worcestershire until 1974, when it became part of the District of Malvern Hills in the newly-formed and short-lived County of Hereford and Worcester. In 1998 the county reverted to the two original historical counties and there were a number of boundary changes.

Malvern Jewish Community

A small Jewish community developed in Malvern during World War II, comprised largely of evacuees from heavily populated areas, but it appears to have become defunct sometime prior to the end of the War.

Congregation Data


Malvern Hebrew Congregation


Services were held in 1941 at the Pickersleigh Road Council School, Malvern, Gloucester(ii)

Date Founded:

About 1941(iii)


The latest reference to existence of the congregation was in 1943(iv)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Rev. Judah Hosea Rockman - from 1941 until 1943(vii)

Lay Officers:

Hon. Secretary, 1941 - Mr. S. Winroope(viii)

Registration District (BMDs):

Worcestershire, since 1 April 2006(ix) - Link to Register Office Website


There is no Jewish cemetery in Malvern.


Online Articles and Other Material
relating to the Malvern Jewish Community


Notable Jewish Connections with Malvern

  • Frieda Salvendy (1887-1968), Viennese-born painter, feminist and refugee, lived in Malvern from after World War II until her death and is buried in Malvern (biographical details).


Other Jewish Institutions & Organisations in Malvern

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew and Religious Classes

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Malvern Jewish Ladies' Guild (formed December 1941)(x)


Notes & Sources
( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) The Jewish Chronicle report of 14 November 1941.

  • (iii) There are no Jewish Chronicle references to the congregation prior to 1941.

  • (iv) The Jewish Chronicle report of 12 February 1943.

  • (v) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (vii) The Jewish Chronicle reports of 14 November 1941 (placing Rev. Rockman in Malvern) and 12 February 1943 (reporting on his call to Worcester).

  • (viii) The Jewish Chronicle report of 14 November 1941.

  • (ix) Previous Registration Districts:  Upton on Severn (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1952); and Malvern (from 1 April 1952 to 1 April 2006). Any registers would now be held by the current register office.

  • (x) The Jewish Chronicle report of 5 December 1941.

World War II Evacuee Communities

Jewish Congregations in Worcestershire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 3 November 2021
Date page last amended: 10 September 2023

Research by David Shulman and Steven Jaffe
Formatting by David Shulman

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