Kehillat Kernow (Cornwall Community)

& Truro Jewish Community

Truro, Cornwall




Page created: 22 May 2006
Latest update or revision: 6 July 2017

City of Truro

The city of Truro, in South West England, has a population of about 13,000.  It was a municipal borough, with city status (the only city in Cornwall), until 1974, when it was merged with neighbouring localities to form the local government (non-metropolitan) district of Carrick, within the county of Cornwall.  In April 2009, the district of Carrick and all other local government districts in Cornwall were abolished, and Cornwall became a unitary authority.

Truro Jewish Community

A small Jewish Community had existed in Truro from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. There is no evidence that a synagogue was established and services were presumably held in private homes. The community did not appoint a minister, but did have a shochet, at least during the 1820s.

In recent years a Reform Jewish congregation has been formed by Jews living in and around Truro.

Congregation Data


Kehillat Kernow (Cornwall Community)


Meets on alternate Saturdays at Three Bridges School, Blackwater, near Truro (formerly met in the Truro Baptist Church, Truro)

Current Status:


Date Formed:





An associated community of of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain).




2014 - approximately 100 (Congregation's website)


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The records in the database associated with Truro include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Truro during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1820s (8 records), 1830s (7 records), 1840s (2 records) and 1850s (7 records).


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material relating generally
to the Cornish Jewish Community


  • Selected Bibliography

    • The Jews of Devon and Cornwall by Evelyn Friedlander and others,  2000.

    • The Lost Jews of Cornwall by Kieth Pearce and Helen Fry, 2000

    • The Jews of Cornwall, A History, Tradition and Settlement to 1913 by Keith Pearce, 2014.

    • Other Cornwall Bibliography

On third party's website

  • Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Cornwall by Joseph Jacobs, c 1906.


Truro Jewish Cemeteries Information

  • A small Jewish burial ground is believed (though not conclusively) to have existed in Truro, but abandoned in the 1840's. No visible remains exist and no information is known as to who was buried there.

  • Kehillat Kernow has been allotted special areas, specifically for Jewish burials, within the following existing municipal cemeteries in Cornwall:

    • Fairpark Cemetery, Rialton Road, St. Columb Minor, near Newquay;

    • Campdown Cemetery, Crinnis Road (at end of Beach Road), Charlestoown, St Aistell; and

    • Paul Cemetery, Paul, near Penzance.

(See also IAJGS International Cemeteries Project - Cornwall)

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Cornwall

Jewish Communities of England home page



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