THE JEWISH COMMUNITY ON THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
The Channel Islands
The Channel Islands are a group of islands in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy, France. They comprise two separate political entities, the Bailiwick of Guernsey (which also includes a number of smaller islands) and the Bailiwick of Jersey. Although they are not technically part of the United Kingdom (they do not send representatives to the Parliament in Westminster), they are British crown dependencies.
The Jewish Community
It is most probable that there were Jews in the Channel Islands in the Medieval period, in light of their proximity to the French mainland and that fact the islands formed part of the Duchy of Normandy, which had a significant Jewish population, particularly in the city of Rouen (from where the medieval Jewish community in England is believed to have originated). However, no evidence remains of the medieval medieval Jewish presence on the islands.
The Channel Islands were the only British territory occupied by Nazi Germany during the Second World War, and the few Jews that remained behind during the occupation, suffered the same fate as their co-religionists on the European continent.
Although there is a small number of Jewish families on the island of Guernsey, the only organised Jewish congregations have been exclusively on the island of Jersey.
The Jersey Jewish Congregations
The following are only Jewish congregation known to have existed on the island of Jersey:
Press Reports relating to the Jersey Jewish community 1843 to 1936, compiled by Harold Pollins
Press Reports relating to the Jersey Jewish community from 1961, compiled by Harold Pollins
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