Town of Penzance
Penzance, a port near the western end of Cornwall’s south coast in southeast England, has a population of about 20,000.
It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it was merged with neighbouring localities to form the local government (non-metropolitan) district of Penwith within the county of Cornwall. In April 2009, the district of Penwith and all other local government districts in Cornwall were abolished, and Cornwall became a unitary authority.
Penzance Jewish Community
Although no longer extant, the Penzance Jewish community was founded by the middle of the eighteenth century.
The following is the only Jewish congregation known to have existed in Penzance:
On-Line Articles and Lists relating to the Penzance Jewish Community
Penzance Synagogue - A Brief History - A paper prepared by Susan Soyinka, including a history and current status of the synagogue building, photographs and plans, to support an application to English Heritage to revise the listing of the building that includes the former synagogue.
Penzance 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.
Tombstone Inscriptions at Penzance Jewish Cemetery, transcribed by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, with a number of photographs (a section of Rabbi Susser's "Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", which includes an Introduction that also makes reference to Penzance). Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.
Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Cornwall by Joseph Jacobs, c 1906.
Other Penzance Jewish Information
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