Plymouth Jewish Community
City of Plymouth
The city of Plymouth, an historic port on the south coast of Devon in South West England, has a population of about 240,000. The county borough of Plymouth, created 1889, had been enlarged a number of times by incorporation of adjoining localities, including the incorporation of the municipal borough of Devonport in 1914. In 1974, Plymouth lost its county borough status becoming a local government district within the county of Devon. However, in 1974, it once again became a unitary authority, remaining within Devon for ceremonial purposes.
Plymouth Jewish Community
The Jewish community in Plymouth dates from about 1646, and the Plymouth Synagogue (of the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation) is the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue still standing in the English-speaking world.
The Jewish Congregations
The following are, or were, the Jewish congregations in Plymouth:
On-line Articles on the Plymouth Jewish Community
Plymouth from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain" - Papers for a conference at University College, London, convened by the Jewish Historical Society of Great Britain, prepared by Aubrey Newman - 6th July 1975. Reproduced here with his kind consent.
Plymouth Jewish Congregation Births Register, 1829-1837. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.
Tombstone Inscriptions in the Old Jewish Cemetery on Plymouth Hoe. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.
"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 Plymouth. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.
Jewish Tombstone of South-West England. A brief article by Rabbi Bernard Susser, primarily on the Plymouth cemeteries and their inscriptions. A valuable insight into how he was drawn into his historical studies. It usefully supplements the above. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.
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