Totnes Reform Jewish Community

Totnes, South Hams, Devon




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Totnes, South Hams

Totnes is a small town situated in southern Devon in South West England, a few miles inland from Torquay. Since 1974 it has formed part of the local government district of South Hams in the county of Devon, and was previously a municipal borough.

Totnes Jewish Community

Although there are records of Jews in Totnes in the early nineteenth century, it was not until the early twenty first century that a small organised Jewish group was established, centred in and around the town.

Congregation Data


Totnes Reform Jewish Community

Alternative Names:

Totnes Jewish Community
Totnes Reform Jewish Group


No fixed address.

The Community describes itself as a small, open-hearted chavurah style community who come together for social, cultural and spiritual gatherings, events and informal services in the Torbay area, having a regular monthly shabbat meal, as well as frequent get togethers honouring all the major festivals.(ii)

Current Status:


Date Founded:

About 2001(iii)




The Congregation is associate community of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain)




None. For contact details see website of the Movement for Reform Judaism - https://www.reformjudaism.org.uk/

Membership Data:

National Reports and Surveys:(iv)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having under 50 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

No information found as to registered charity status.

Registration District:

Devon (since 1 April 2007)(v) - Link to Register Office website

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery on Totnes.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) Description previously on the Movement for Reform Judaism's website.

  • (iii) Based upon first appearance in Jewish Year Book 2002.

  • (iv) Report on Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2016, published by the Institute of Jewish Policy Research (JPR) on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of JPR. Click HERE for link to the report.

  • (v) Previous registration districts: Totnes (1 July 1837 to 1 April 1968); Newton Abbot (1 April 1968 to 1 April 1998); and South Hams (1 April 1998 to 1 April 2007). Any registers would now be held by current register office, which is situated in Exeter.


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The records in the database associated with Totnes include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Totnes during the 1780s (1 record), 1800s (2 records), 1810s (1 record), and 1830s (1 record). (For Dartmouth, South Hams, see under Torbay.)


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