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Halifax Jewish Community

Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

 

              

         
 
 
Page created: 2 August 2007
Latest revision or update: 8 November 2014
 

Halifax

The town of Halifax now forms part of borough of Calderdale, which was a metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire in the North of England. Calderdale was formed in 1974 from the merger of the county borough of Halifax with a number of neighbouring local authorities, all of which had been part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.   In 1986, Calderdale became a unitary authority when West Yorkshire lost its administrative status and became purely a ceremonial county.  Halifax (population about 82,000) had been a county borough since 1848.

Jewish Community

Although there is no record of a synagogue having been established in Halifax, there was at one time a small Jewish community and the following news item appeared on page 20 of the Jewish Chronicle on 27 September 1895:

"A Minyan was formed among the few Jews in Halifax, and services were held at the home of Mr. Philip Solomon, who defrayed the cost of a Sepher Torah.  Mr. Barnett, of Leeds, officiated as Chazan, assisted by Mr. N. Cohen, who was Baal Tokeah. A Halifax paper published an essay on the New Year, written by one of the worshippers,  Mr. Samuel Harris."


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