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Jews of North Devon
Cover of Book by Helen Fry

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe is a seaside town on the north coast of Devon in southeast England overlooking the Bristol Channel and has a population of about 11,000.  Until 1974,  Ilfracombe was an urban district within the county of Devon. In that year it merged with a number of neighbouring localities to form the District of North Devon, a local government district of the county of Devon.

The following Jewish congregation existed in Ilfracombe during World War II.

Congregation Data

Name:

Ilfracombe Hebrew Congregation

Address:

1st Floor, Capstone Hotel, St James's Street, Ilfracombe

Formation & Membership:

The congregation was founded during World War II, in about 1940. The number of congregants attending Sabbath services swelled to over 100 with the arrival of  a large number of US forces in North Devon, many of whom were Jewish.  The New Year and Yom Kippur services were attended by over 1,000.

Current Status:

Closed 1945

Ritual:

Ashkenazi Orthodox

Cemetery Information:

There is no known Jewish Cemetery in North Devon.

Bibliography 

Jewish Communities in Devon

Jewish Communities of England home page

 

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