the former

Weymouth & Portland Jewish Community

Weymouth, Dorset




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Weymouth & Portland

Weymouth (population about 50,000) is a seaside town in Dorset on England's southern coast, situated in a bay at the mouth of the river Wey, some 30 miles west of Bournemouth. The Isle of Portland (population about 12,000) is about five miles to the south of Weymouth and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Both localities are within the borough and local government district of Wemouth ad Portland, formed in 1974 by the merger of the borough of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis with the urban district of Portland, in the county of Dorset..

Weymouth Jewish Community

Although there are records of Jews in Weymouth since at least the mid nineteenth century, there does not appear to have been an organised Jewish congregation. However, in 2012 and 2013, attempts were made to establish the Weymouth and Portland Jewish Community and meetings were held attended by rabbis from Liberal Judaism. However, in early 2016, the instigator and self-declared leader of the Community was jailed following conviction of several counts of sexual assault and the organised Community does not appear to have survive such a detrimental event.


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The records in the database associated with Weymouth include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database
(updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Weymouth during the 1840s (3 records), 1850s (4 records), 1870s (1 record) and 1880s (4 records).


Community Records

Registration District (BMD):

  • Dorset (since 17 October 2005)

    • Previous registration districts:
      Weymouth - from 1 July 1837 1 April 1997;
      South Dorset - from 1 April 1997 to 1 October 2001; and
      South & West Dorset - from 1 October 2001 to 17 October 2005.

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

  • Link to Register Office website - (records held in Dorchester)


Jewish Cemeteries Information

There is no Jewish cemetery in Weybridge.

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Dorset

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 29 December 2016
Latest revision or update: 30 July 2019

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