Welcome to major Heritage Fund UK project, Discovering and Documenting England’s Lost Jews researching and celebrating Sephardi Jews in England.

Sephardi Jews left Spain and Portugal to find refuge in the Ottoman Empire. They lived in the countries we now know as Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Greece as well as the former Yugoslavia, North Africa, Yemen and in India. Most of them absorbed the local culture and lived with a double heritage.

Part of the excitement of our journey is learning about how these different waves of displacement influenced English life over the centuries and also today. This includes the experience of Jews who came from Arab countries where many lived peacefully alongside Muslims. As well as examining the Cromwellian and post Republican English history, the project will look at new immigrants – Jews arriving with elements of Arabic cultures in their histories.

Pascal Theatre Company wishes to thank the following for their aid in consultancy and research in the project  Discovering & Documenting England’s Lost Jews. Your help has enriched our work which goes online for the official launch on 5 July 2020.

With thanks to

Bevis Marks Synagogue and The Jewish Museum

and the following consultants

Phillips Arditti
Nadia Arditti
Ralf Arditti
Andrew Abudlezer
Maurice Bitton
Sharon Buenos
Dr. Catarina Barceló Fouto
Lecturer in Portuguese Studies Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
King’s College London
Ronen Kozokaro
Judith Cohen
Kim Cohen
The late Morris Farhi
Miriam Rodrigues-Pereira
Daniel Leon
Ronnie Leon
Abigiail Morris
Kris Musikant
Rabbi Julia Neuberger
David Ricardo-Pearce
Alison Rosen, Executive Director the Sephardi Community
Ezra Sassoon
Guy Sasson
Anne Sassoon
Alec Nacamuli
Edwin Shuker
Ruth Timan
The Stern Family Trust
Daniel Wildmann
Julian Weiss

Professor of Medieval & Early Modern Spanish, King’s College, London University

We welcome any contribution from  all who may have research on the return of Jews to England and areas of Jewish life which have not yet been documented.

Personal and family stories are of great interest to us.

We are particularly interested in the Novo Cemetery and the Sephardi  communities in England and Britain.

Please be in touch through this email

The project is culminating in the online event, One Lost Stone.


Following the UK Government’s guidelines Pascal Theatre Company’s project Discovering and Documenting Lost Jews continues online.

We plan to engage and entertain you with our ambitious and interactive installation on 5th July, One Lost Stone. We will be hosting interactive workshops for young people and those of all ages.

We look forward to welcoming you in to our activities as soon as possible.


Julia Pascal, Artistic Director

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Sephardi Jewish couple from Sarajevo in traditional clothing. Photo taken in 1900.

Get Involved

There are many different ways you can get involved and help us enrich the project. We’re looking for people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, religions and ethnicities to join us, and depending on the role, some training will be provided.