The Town of Dover
The town of Dover is a port on the English Channel coast in southeast England immediately opposite the coast of France, some 21 miles away. It is in the local government district of Dover in the county of Kent, formed in 1974 by the merger of the municipal boroughs of Dover, Deal and Sandwich and adjoining rural districts. The town of Dover has a population of about 30,000, whereas the district, covering a much wider area, has a population of some 100,000.
The Jewish Community
The Jewish community in Dover dates from the mid-eighteenth century. Also, from the early nineteenth century, there were a number of Jews living in the town of Deal, some eight miles to the north-east, although they do not appear to have established a formal congregation.
Only one Jewish congregation, known as the Dover Synagogue, is known to have existed in Dover.
Dover 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.
Circumcision Register of Rabbi Ash of Dover, 1765-1818 by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.
Reference to the Dover Jewish Community in the Press (primarily extracted by Harold Pollins):
Other Dover Jewish Information
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