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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 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.
The Jewish Community
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:
References to the Jersey Jewish community in the Jewish Press 1843 to 1936, compiled by Harold Pollins
References to the Jersey Jewish community in the Jewish Press from 1961, compiled by Harold Pollins
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