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The spa town of Cheltenham, with a population of approximately 110,000, is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds hills in the West of England. It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it was merged with an adjoining authority to form the local government district (later borough) of Cheltenham, remaining within the county of Gloucestershire.
A Jewish Community has existed in Cheltenham since at least 1823. Due to a dwindling congregation, the synagogue closed in 1903, but was reopened in 1939, as a result of the influx of Jewish refugees and evacuation from major population centres. The Jewish congregation is known as the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation.
"Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, includes an Introduction that makes reference to Cheltenham. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.
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