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CemeteryScribes – What we do, and what we don’t do

February 8, 2014
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We set up The CemeteryScribes project  in 2008.  Our aim was  to photograph and record the information inscribed over the centuries on headstones across the country before its irrevocable loss to the ravages of acid rain, urbanization, neglect and vandalism. Since that time, we have photographed many thousands of stones in over 100 burial...
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Is this the smallest Jewish place of burial in the UK?

October 16, 2013
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Copyright Dr Helen Fry

In the course of our travels around the UK, we have visited many Anglo-Jewish burial grounds, from the peaceful walled historic London cemeteries in Aldernery Road and Brady Street  to the sloping, depleted expanse of West Ham, but nothing compares with the elegant memorial to one of Anglo-Jewry’s foremost personages. Sir Moses Montefiore and...
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Inscriptions – With Hebrew or without?

March 28, 2013
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Inscriptions – With Hebrew or without?

In a recent article in the Jewish Chronicle ‘I didn’t want a traditional headstone for my father’s grave. But what was the alternative?’ Stephen Games describes how he commissioned a unique tombstone for his father, in strict conformation with the four prerequisites imposed by the United Synagogue Burial Society The initials pay nun (for “here lies”) The name of...
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Jewish Cemeteries of Devon by Helen Fry

February 24, 2013
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Jewish Cemeteries of Devon by Helen Fry

A guide to burials in the five Jewish cemeteries of Plymouth, Exeter, and Torquay & Paignton   A catalogue of over 1,600 people buried in five Jewish cemeteries, dating from the mid-1700s onwards: the old burial ground in Magdalen Street, Exeter Exwick Jewish cemetery, Exeter Colney End Road in Paignton The Hoe Jewish cemetery,...
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The Jews of Exeter by Helen Fry

February 23, 2013
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The Jews of Exeter by Helen Fry

In 2013 Exeter Synagogue reaches an historic landmark with the celebration of its 250th anniversary. As the second oldest extant synagogue outside London it has a rich history that stretches back to the early 18th century and evidence exists too for a much older Medieval worshipping Jewish community in Exeter before their expulsion from...
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Wilhelm Neulander 1873 – 1944

January 28, 2013
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Wilhelm Neulander 1873 – 1944

Wilhelm was buried at East Ham cemetery, Marlow Road London in 1944 a refugee from Germany. Those of you familiar with CemeteryScribes know that we have a cut off date and do not normally break our rule. However, this is a one off. It’s for all those who died away from their homeland and...
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Charleston Synagogue

January 22, 2013
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Photos copyright Mike Gordon
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Venice – Jewish Ghetto and Synagogues

January 15, 2013
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Photos copyright Lynn Saunders
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Pisa – Jewish Cemetery

January 15, 2013
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The cemetery was opened in 1674 and it’s one of the most ancient Jewish places of burial in the world. There were at least three older Jewish Cemeteries, all of them situated outside the west wall of Pisa. Some epigraphic remains from the oldest cemetery (XIII) are inscribed on the wall to the right...
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Putting the record(s) straight

June 11, 2012
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Some months ago we received some information regarding the family of Abraham Jacob Jonas. We checked  the data and found it sound,  with one exception.  Our correspondent suggested that Benjamin JACOB JONAS  had married a Julia REUBEN daughter of Jacob Reuben of Dover. Problem was that we had well sourced records which showed that...
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