Jewish Community of Liverpool and District
City of Liverpool
Liverpool, with a population of about 440,000 is major city and port lying on northeast bank of the river Mersey estuary in Northwest England. Historically in the county of Lancashire, it was a county borough from 1888 until 1974, when it became metropolitan district within the then newly formed metropolitan county of Merseyside. Liverpool became a unitary authority in 1986 when Merseyside lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.
Adjoining Liverpool are a number of other metropolitan boroughs within Merseyside, including Knowsley, formed in 1974 by the merger of the Huyton-with-Roby Urban District Council and several local authorities. Details of any Knowsley congregations are included in the list below. For other communities in, or closely connected with, Merseyside, see under Sefton (for Bootle, Crosby and Southport), Wirral (for Birkenhead, Hoylake and Wallasey) and Widnes (for Widnes in Halton).
The Liverpool Jewish Community
The earliest organized Jewish community in Liverpool was in about 1740, of
Sephardi Jews, probably connected to the small Sephardi community that had been
established in Dublin. This community did not survive and a new Ashkenazi was
founded in about 1780, although little is known of its early history.
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