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List of British Jews


List of British Jews

List of British Jews is a list of prominent Jews from the United Kingdom and its predecessor states.

Although the first Jews may have arrived on the island of Great Britain with the England. These existed until 1290 when the Jewish population of England was expelled by King Edward I of England.

There was never a corresponding expulsion from Scotland. The eminent scholar David Daiches states in his autobiographical Two Worlds: An Edinburgh Jewish Childhood that there are grounds for saying that Scotland is the only European country with no history of state persecution of Jews.

Jews were re-admitted to England and Wales in 1656 by Oliver Cromwell. Slightly more than 200 years later, in 1858 they were emancipated, that is, accepted as full citizens. In the late 19th century, there was mass Jewish immigration to England from Russia due to Russian domestic policy. In the 1930s, the country accepted many refugees from Nazism. The Jewish population peaked at 450,000, but has since declined due to low birth-rate, intermarriage and emigration, mainly of the younger generation to Israel. According to the 2001 census, the current population is around 295,000, most of whom live in London.


  • Academic figures 1
    • Scientists 1.1
    • Historians 1.2
    • Medical 1.3
    • Philosophers 1.4
    • Social scientists 1.5
    • Theologians and Hebraists 1.6
  • Artists 2
    • Fine arts 2.1
    • Designers and Architects 2.2
  • Arts and literature 3
    • Performing Arts 3.1
    • Writers 3.2
  • Business and the professions 4
    • Civil service 4.1
    • Finance 4.2
    • Law 4.3
    • Manufacturing 4.4
    • Media 4.5
    • Military 4.6
    • Property 4.7
    • Retail 4.8
  • Police 5
  • Political figures 6
  • Religious and communal leaders 7
  • Showbusiness 8
  • Sports 9
    • Aviation 9.1
    • Boxing 9.2
    • Chess 9.3
    • Cricket 9.4
    • Fencing 9.5
    • Football (association; soccer) 9.6
    • Motorsport 9.7
    • Rugby league 9.8
    • Rugby union 9.9
    • Sailing 9.10
    • Table tennis 9.11
    • Tennis 9.12
    • Track and field 9.13
    • Weightlifting 9.14
    • Wrestling 9.15
    • Other sports 9.16
  • Philanthropists 10
  • Miscellaneous 11
  • References 12
    • Footnotes 12.1
  • Bibliography 13
  • See also 14

Academic figures


See List of British Jewish scientists, which includes economists.


"Five years or so later, I decided to define publicly my identity as belonging to the Jewish community by becoming a member of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue."



"Wollheim was an outstanding representative of a generation of Central European Jewish intellectuals"

Social scientists

See List of British Jewish scientists

"You are a Jewish, Zimbabwean, Mancunian philosopher... I have lived in Manchester more than half my life and am very much at home here."

Theologians and Hebraists


Fine arts

Designers and Architects

Arts and literature

Performing Arts

See List of British Jewish entertainers (includes Classical musicians and actors as "entertainers.")


See List of British Jewish writers

Business and the professions

Civil service



5/7/1996 p7: "The Liberal Democrats' sole Jewish MP, Alex Carlile"
25/6/1999 p10: "Alex Carlile is on his way back to Westminster as one of four Jews among the 36 working peers"







  • Henry Solomon [126] [127] [128] Chief Constable of Brighton Borough 1838 to 1844

Political figures

See List of British Jewish politicians

Religious and communal leaders


See List of British Jewish entertainers




  • Barney Aaron (Young), English-born US lightweight, Hall of Fame[89]
  • Jackie Kid Berg [130], Junior Welterweight Champion (IBHOF), wore a Star of David on his trunks
  • Roman Greenberg,[90] IBO intercontinental heavyweight champion
  • Gary Jacobs, Scottish, British, Commonwealth, and European (EBU) champion welterweight[91]
  • Ted "Kid" Lewis (Gershon Mendeloff),[92] world welterweight champion 1915–16, 1917–19
  • Daniel Mendoza [131], 18th century Heavyweight World Champion (IBHOF), ancestor of actor Peter Sellers and Mike Mendoza (talksport) Radio & Television Presenter




  • Allan Jay, British (épée & foil), Olympic 2x silver, world champion
  • Edgar Seligman, British (épée, foil, and sabre), Olympic 2x silver (épée), 2x British champion in each weapon

Football (association; soccer)


Rugby league

Rugby union


Table tennis

  • Viktor Barna (born "Győző Braun"), Hungary/Britain, 22x world champion, International Table Tennis Foundation Hall of Fame ("ITTFHoF")
  • Richard Bergmann, Austria/Britain, 7x world champion, ITTFHoF
  • Ivor Montagu, Britain, national team


Track and field



  • Fred Oberlander, Austrian, British, and Canadian wrestler; world champion (freestyle heavyweight); Maccabiah champion
  • Samuel Rabin, Great Britain, Olympic bronze (freestyle middleweight)

Other sports





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  • JYB = Jewish Year Book (annual)
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