the former

Basingstoke Jewish Community

and former Hebrew Congregation

Basingstoke, Hampshire




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Town of Basingstoke

Basingstoke, a town in the southern English county of Hampshire, has a population of about 150,000. It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it was merged with neighbouring districts to form the local government district (later borough) of Basingstoke and Deane, still within the county of Hampshire.

Basingstoke Jewish Community

There was a Jewish community in Basingstoke during the first three decades of the twentieth century, although the Jewish population was always small.

Congregation Data


Basingstoke Hebrew Congregation(ii)


Services held in Flaxfield College.(iii)

Date Founded:

Established in 1903.(iv)


Closed in 1920s.(v)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


The congregation was unaffiliated


The congregation does not appear to have appointed a minister

Lay Officers:

President: Reuben Polka(viii)


M. Posner and B. Posner - from about 1905 to about 1917(ix)

J. Rayner and P. Cohen - from about 1917(x)

Registration District:

Hampshire (since 1 April 2008)(xi) - Link to Register Office website

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemeteries in Basingstoke.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) Listed under this name in Jewish Year Books.

  • (iii) Address given in Jewish Year Books from 1905/6.

  • (iv) Jewish Chronicle press report of 3 April 1903 - press releases extracted by Harold Pollins.

  • (v) The congregation remained listed in Jewish Year Books until 1929 although, as the data was unchanged for over a decade, the congregation is likely to have become defunct some time earlier.

  • (vi) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Listed as president of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from the first listing of the congregation (1905/6) until its final listing (1929). However, in the Jewish Chronicle press report of 3 April 1903, reporting the formation of the congregation, he is referred to as hon. secretary.

  • (ix) Listed as wardens of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from the first listing of the congregation (1905/6) until 1917.

  • (x) Listed as wardens of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1918 until its final listing (1929).

  • (xi) Previous Registration Districts: Basingstoke from 1 July 1837 until 1 January 2001; and Hampshire North from 1 January 2001 until 1 April 2008. All records would now be held by the current office.


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