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Ipswich Old Jewish Congregation

Ipswich, Suffolk




Page created: 14 November 2005
Latest revision or update: 7 May 2017

Congregation Data


Ipswich Old Jewish Congregation


A synagogue was erected in 1795 between 73 and 75 Rope Lane or Rope Walk. (Foundation stone laid 18 August 1792)

Previously, from about 1730, in a room in St. Clements

Current Status:

Closed - second half of nineteenth century, and demolished in 1877

Date Formed:




Membership Data:

1845 - 5 ba'alai batim and 3 seatholders (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)
1852 - 8 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1859 - 5 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

Press Report:

The Jewish Chronicle 22 April 1842 p. 138:

‘IPSWICH. - At a meeting of the congregation of this city, held last week, Mr. S. Samuel in the chair, the Rev. Harris Isaacs announced that influenced by the persuasion of his friends, he had abandoned his intention of going to reside in the Holy Land. This intelligence was received with acclamations, and the Rev. Gentleman will consequently continue to fill the office of reader and to conduct his school.’

Cemetery Information

For details of the cemeteries used by this congregation, see Ipswich Jewish Cemetery Information (on the Ipswich home page.)


On-line Articles and Other Material
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