Birmingham & District Jewish Community
City of Birmingham
Birmingham, in the English Midlands, is the second largest city in England, with a population of approximately one million. In the vicinity of Birmingham are a number of towns whose Jewish communities have looked to the Birmingham community for support or shares facilities, including Walsall immediately to Birmingham's northwest and Solihull immediately to Birmingham's southeast.
Until 1974, Birmingham, Solihull and Walsall were county boroughs, the first two in the county of Warwickshire and Walsall in the county of Staffordshire. Each then became metropolitan boroughs within the newly created metropolitan county of West Midlands (the areas of Solihull and Walsall being increased at the time by the incorporation of adjoining areas). These metropolitan boroughs became unitary authorities in 1986, when West Midlands lost its administrative county status, becoming purely a ceremonial and geographical county. Solihull had been an urban district until 1964, when it received county borough status.
Birmingham Jewish Community
The Jewish Congregations
The following congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Birmingham & District Community
The following are former or alternative names of the above congregations:
Birmingham 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.
A Portrait of Birmingham Jewry 1851- Birmingham Jewish Local History Study Group
Jewish Encyclopedia article on Birmingham by Joseph Jacobs and Leopold J.Greenberg, c-1906.
Birmingham Jewish Communities - History and Reality (at http://www.brijnet.org/birmingham/history.html) by Arthur Chesses.
On-line article, Jews of Medieval Warwick from the Victoria County History of Warwickshire, volume 8 (1969), pp. 486-7.
King David School, founded 1865 - www.kingdavid.bham.sch.uk
*Same source also gives 49
for Walsall in 1947
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