City of Gloucester
The city of Gloucester, with a population of approximately 110,000, is situated on the right bank of the river Severn in the West of England. It is the county town and a local government district of the county of Gloucestershire, and was a county borough until 1974.
There had been a Jewish community in Gloucester in the medieval period. A new community, sometimes referred to as the Gloucester Old Synagogue, was founded in the eighteenth century. The community had its own cemetery in the early 19th century, with its own shochet in 1830. In 1871, the Chief Rabbi visited the city, but by then the independent existence of the community had come to an end, the remaining members being affiliated to the Cheltenham Synagogue.
In 2008, the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Congregation (see separately), was established, serving the whole county of Gloucestershire.
On-Line Articles on the Gloucester Jewish Community
"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 Gloucester. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.
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