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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, information on which is set out below In 2008, the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Congregation (see separately), was established, centred in Cheltenham but serving the whole county of Gloucestershire.
Cheltenham 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 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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