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ISBN: 9780857041982
AUTHOR: Helen Fry
The Jews of Exeter
The Jews of Exeter
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In 2013 Exeter Synagogue reached 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. Evidence exists too for a much older Medieval worshipping Jewish community in Exeter, before their expulsion from England in 1290.

By the mid-eighteenth century Exeter possessed a viable Jewish community along with Plymouth, Falmouth and Penzance in the South West, and looked to the future. During this period the four communities all acquired a burial ground and constructed their own purpose-built synagogue. In Plymouth the synagogue is still in use as a place of worship, built a year before Exeter in 1762, and it also has two burial grounds.

The Jews of Exeter is the first fully illustrated history on this subject. It opens a window on to Exeterís Jewish history throughout the centuries: from periods of birth and growth to decline and revival. It focuses on the personalities and figures who shaped the community and who kept the beautiful Georgian synagogue going through difficult eras as well as times of expansion and renewal. Exeterís gem of a purposebuilt synagogue which dates to 1763 is now a Grade II listed building and is hugely significant in terms of Britainís wider heritage. The old Jewish burial ground in Magdalen Street on the edge of Bull Meadow was acquired in 1757, and included in this book for the first time is a full list of those buried in the two Exeter Jewish cemeteries, thus providing important information both for genealogists and family historians.

Over a period of two and a half centuries the Jews of Exeter have contributed significantly to the wider Devon and Exeter community, including aspects of commerce, business, the arts, politics and civic life. This book will highlight the importance of preserving this unique history and heritage for posterity.

Helen Fry has written widely on the history of Jewish communities with particular reference to the Jews of Devon and Cornwall. This includes books entitled Jews in North Devon during the Second World War; and The Lost Jews of Cornwall (edited). She has also written over a dozen books about the refugees from Nazism who fought for Britain in WWII, including Churchillís German Army, as well as a biography of Sigmund Freud and his family entitled Freudís War. Her book Music & Men covers the life of concert pianist Harriet Cohen.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 198 2, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published July 2013.

Jews in North DevonJews in North Devon - £19.99

After the outbreak of war it was the remote seaside towns of Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe in North Devon that eventually became home to more than 3000 Jews. This fascionating work by Helen Fry is their story. Winner of Devon History Society Book of the Year for 2006.

Exeter The Golden YearsExeter The Golden Years - £9.99
This exciting book comprises over 300 photographs from the nationally renowned Isca Collection of photographs owned by the author, PeterThomas. These powerful images provide a poignant reminder of Exeter as it was in the decades following the bombing of the city in the Second World War.
Exeter The Golden Years (pdf e-book)Exeter The Golden Years (pdf e-book) - £24.99
This exciting book by Peter Thomas, comprising over 300 photographs from the Isca Collection, provides a poignant reminder of Exeter as it was in the decades following the bombing of the city in the Second World War.
Exeter BurningExeter Burning - £9.99
A revised edition of Peter Thomas's excellent study of the bombing and destruction of Exeter during the Second World War.
Web Price: £24.99
28.96 EUR 31.24 USD 40.93 AUD

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