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A photograph of the Synagogue at Carmel College
taken following closure of the College.
The historic market town of
Wallingford, with a population of some 12,000 is located between Reading and Oxford on the River Thames in
The Borough of Wallingford (created 1834) was part of the county of Berkshire until 1974, when
it was merged with other authorities to form the Local Government District of South Oxfordshire
iwithin the ceremonial county of Oxfordshire.
Carmel College was a British Jewish boarding school, modelled on British public schools, founded in 1947.
Founded initially as a boys' school, it later became co-educational.
The college was situated in extensive grounds along the river Thames, just to the south of Wallingford town.
Carmel College and Synagogue
Mongewell Park, near Wallingford, Oxfordshire (previously Berkshire), OX10 8BT
The college was initially situated at
Greenham Common, near Newbury, Berkshire (until 1953)
The College was founded in 1948 by Rabbi
Dr. Kopel Rosen. It was the first and only Jewish Public School in
The College closed in 1997
The Carmel College Synagogue, designed
by Thomas Hancock and dedicated by Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie in the
early 1960's, was located in the heart of the campus. The roof was
supported by four massive beams of Scandinavian wood, which curved
upwards from the entrance of the portico to a concrete wall some
fifty feet high. The curtains of the Ark were made of brass chains
interspersed with pieces of silver, brass bronze and copper
sheeting. The stained glass windows, created in part by the
students, were exceptional and close to the entrance was a monument
to the victims of the Holocaust.
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Rabbi Dr. Kopul Rosen -
from 1948 until 1962
David Stamler - from 1962 until 1971(ii)
(Joshua Gabay - Acting Headmaster during early 1971)
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen (the eldest son of Kopul Rosen) -
from 1971 until 1984
Philip Skelker - from 1984 until 1997(iii)
Oxfordshire, from 1 October 2001(iv)
Link to Register Office website.
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Online Articles, Bibliography and Other Material
relating to the Carmel College
on third party websites
Memories of Kopul Rosen. Cyril Domb (ed.) (1970).
Between Two Distant Points: Carmel College - the Jewish "Public School" on the River Thames. Shula Gilboa (2010-2011).
Seven Years at Carmel College - Reminiscences of a Pupil 1953-1960. Rabbi Chaim Simons (Online, see above) (2004)
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