Oxford Jewish Congregation

Oxford, Oxfordshire




Page created: 14 June 2003
Latest revision or update: 21 June 2017

Congregation Data


Oxford Jewish Congregation


The Synagogue, 21 Richmond Road, Oxford OX1 2JL
(Built in 1974, the Oxford Synagogue and Jewish Centre is on the site of the previous synagogue.)

Previous Addresses:

Nelson Place, which adjoins  Richmond Road, Oxford, and is the site of the present synagogue (from 1892)*
Worcester Place, Oxford (from 1884)*
24 George Street, Oxford (from 1878)*
Paradise Square, Oxford (from 1848)*

* per D.M. Lewis - The Jews of Oxford, 1992

Current Status:



Community founded 1841


The default services are Orthodox. There are, however, alternative or additional services on many occasions organised by the following, who have equal rights to use the Synagogue:
The Oxford Masorti Group, and
The Oxford Progressive Jewish Group
There was also the Oxford Reform Jewish Group, which is currently in abeyance.




Rev S. Schapero - (per notice in The Oxford Times, 31 December 1881)

Membership Data:

1845 - 4 Ba'ale Batim (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)

1851 - 20 seatholders  (The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth)

1893 - 26 seatholders  (Board of Deputies returns)

1896 - 12 seatholders  (Jewish Year Book 1896/7)

1898 - 10 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1898/9)

1900 - 15 seatholders  (Board of Deputies returns)

Marriage Certification & District:

Worship Number: 68283

Registration District:-
  From 1 July 1837: Oxford
  Since 1 October 2001: Oxfordshire (which would now hold any registers)

Register Office: The Register Office, 1 Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford OX1 1NS (website)


The Jewish Sections of the Wolvercote Cemetery (see Oxford Cemetery Information on Oxford Jewish Community home page)


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation


on third parties' websites

  • History of the OJC - The Oxford Story, an article by Jesmond Blumenfeld, that originally appeared in the Edinburgh Star (the magazine of the Edinburgh Jewish Community) and has been reprinted and appears on the Oxford Jewish Congregation website. January 2003.

Oxford Jewish Community home page
(which includes links to articles on this Congregation)

Jewish Congregations in Oxfordshire

Jewish Communities of England home page


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