Fez (Fes), Morocco Aben (or Ibn) Danan Synagogue

Built in the 17th century the Synagogue which is in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, has recently undergone restoration, a project which took over a year. The entrance is through a simple doorway which leads to a flight of stairs up to the Prayer Room. All photos are copyright:  Adam Shire Click here...
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Fez (Fes) Morocco, Jewish Cemetery

The cemetery The burial ground is covered with white arched tombstones.  Some have engraved inscriptions, the more recent in French and older ones in Hebrew.There are small chambers for burning candles in some of these tombs, which explains the black soot appearing in stark contrast to the white of the stones. There are some...
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Samuel Falk, Baal Shem of London, burial record & Alderney (Globe) Rd Cemetery

Samuel Falk, Baal Shem of London, burial record & Alderney (Globe) Rd Cemetery

We thought our readers may be interested in a recent ‘find’ we came across while transcribing and transliterating burial records for SynagogueScribes.com – our sister site that deals mainly with pre civil registration, Synagogue records such as births, marriages and burials. See SynagogueScribes Sources for more information. There are already a large number of...
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Searching SynagogueScribes – using Keyword search

Searching SynagogueScribes – using Keyword search

In this example we are showing one of the uses of the ‘Keyword Search’. Finding siblings for Victor Abraham Cemetery Scribes I2603 * In SynagogueScribes Basic search, enter: Family Name = Abraham,         First Name = Victor. Record GSM 066/5 shows his father’s Hebrew name as Feivel Goldsticker * Enter Goldsticker in SynagogueScribes Keyword Search...
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Hoxton Old Burial Ground 1707 – 1960

Hoxton Old Burial Ground 1707 – 1960

In 1960 the Hoxton Jewish Cemetery was destroyed, the remains were reinterred at West Ham Jewish Cemetery and that was that. When we photographed the area allocated at West Ham Jewish Cemetery (see here and here ) for those moved from their original burial place, we wondered whether there were any photos of the...
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Bancroft Rd Jewish Cemetery – Susie’s mission

Bancroft Rd Jewish Cemetery – Susie’s mission

We have reported several times now on Susie Clapham’s mission to bring Bancroft Rd cemetery back to life or at the very least to undo years of neglect. Susie has written an article for JEECS (Jewish East End Celebration Society) covering her research of the cemetery and her plans for improvements. “SUSIE CLAPHAM has...
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Willesden Jewish Cemetery – additions to CemeteryScribes

Willesden Jewish Cemetery – additions to CemeteryScribes

In Jan 2010 Cemetery Scribes reported on the Knowles Collection and the new site http://histfam.familysearch.org/index.php which includes ‘The Knowles Collection – The Jews of the British Isles’. Todd’s collection now holds over 75,000 people from 149 independant sources. Todd kindly gave us photos of tombstones at Willesden Jewish Cemetery and we are now delighted...
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Names and their origins

This is the first in a short series we hope to be able to provide on names, family names and how they have changed over the years. Most Jews arriving in the UK following The Readmission would not have had a Family Name in their country of origin: see http://reocities.com/Paris/Musee/7075/name.html.   Sephardic Jews had their...
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Saving the past – Novo Sephardic Cemetery, Mile End

We frequently receive comments from excited researchers who have found the tombstone of their great great ancestor on the CemeteryScribes web site. And we regularly get comments from our family and friends asking why we do it: why we spend endless hours photographing, cataloguing, researching and inputting all these tombstones. And, sometimes, we wonder...
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Gloucester Old Jewish Burial Ground

The old Jewish Cemetery in Organ’s Passage Gloucester was finally cleared in 1938 when the land was transferred to Gloucester Council for use as a children’s recreation ground, and the remains transferred to the separate section in the new Gloucester Corporation Cemetery at Colney Hill The first burial in the Organ’s Passage ground took...
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