Colchester and District Jewish Community

colchester jewish community

The Colchester and District Jewish Community is a congregation of families and individuals from diverse backgrounds, brought together by a shared interest in Judaism, a strong sense of community and a common history. Our small but beautiful synagogue in Colchester was built in the 1960s and is the focus of our social, religious and educational activities. We are a warm, friendly and welcoming community.

The Jewish community in recent years has remained generally the same in number, some 90 or so families. In addition to those who reside in Colchester itself the geographical spread of the membership includes members living as far afield as Chelmsford, Coggeshall, Ipswich, Woodbridge, Clacton-on-Sea and Frinton-on-Sea. The demographic characteristics of the membership span all ages from the very young to the elderly. The youngsters under the age of 19 usually account for about 20% of the total membership.

Chairman Roy Fox     Contact secretary: colchester22@gmail.com

CHEDER: Our Cheder meets at the synagogue during most of the year, apart from school holidays. School aged children are welcome.
We are fortunate to have our own excellent fully qualified teacher, and also a classroom assistant . The main emphasis of the classes is teaching Hebrew reading, but also includes study of our festivals, customs, traditions and culture. Children can be prepared for Bat and Bar-Mitzvah by arrangement.

Jewish habitation in Colchester can be traced back to the Middle Ages. The earliest notice of Jews in the town of Colchester is in 1185, when Benedict of Norwich paid a heavy fine (£40) for selling goods without licence to, among others, Aaron, Isaac and Abraham of Colchester.

Date Founded: 1957

Colchester & District Jewish Community

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