City of Portsmouth
The city of Portsmouth, with a population of about 195,000, is an important naval port on the south coast of England, sitting almost opposite the Isle of Wight. Most of actual city of Portsmouth lies on Portsea Island. Portsmouth, a unitary authority since 1996, lies geographically within the county of Hampshire. From 1974 to 1996, it formed a local government district in the administrative county of Hampshire and, prior thereto, it was a county borough in Hampshire. Southsea is a neighbourhood of Portsmouth, that has its own town council with very limited powers.
The Jewish Portsmouth Community
Portsmouth is one of the oldest Jewish communities in Britain, having been established in 1746, and during the early nineteenth century, was one of the four major Jewish congregations outside London.
A photograph of the gate to Portsmouth & Southsea Synagogue,
Articles on the Portsmouth Jewish Community
Portsmouth from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain" - Papers for a conference at University College, London, convened by the Jewish Historical Society of England, prepared by Aubrey Newman - 6th July 1975. Reproduced here with his kind consent.
Jewish Encyclopaedia article on
Portsmouth by Joseph Jacobs and Isidore Harris, c-1906.
Other Portsmouth Jewish Information
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