DISCOVERING & DOCUMENTING ENGLAND’S LOST JEWS

It is not the Jews that were lost but a British history which chose to lose them from the pages of the book of national identity. Our work is an attempt to reveal the importance of Jewish life in Britain and to place the Jew within the mainstream so that her story is not erased from history.
Dr Julia Pascal, July 2020

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.

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

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