Visit to Plymouth Orthodox Synagogue (Bideford Branch)
Thu. 4 August 2022 at 10:30 am
A visit to Plymouth Orthodox Synagogue and the Cemetery on the Hoe.
Meet at 10.30 am for a guided tour by Jerry Sibley, Synagogue Custodian.
In 1734 there were a handful of Jews in Exeter who maintained ad hoc religious services. A Jewish community was present in Plymouth by the mid-18th century. The members were immigrants, primarily from the German lands and the Netherlands. By 1745 there were sufficient Jews in Plymouth to hold regular services, though they did not have their own Synagogue until 1762.
This is the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue still in regular use in the English speaking world. The Synagogue is Grade II* listed.
10:30 General tour of the Synagogue
14:30 Hoe cemetery tour
This event will be free to members. However, please be aware Jerry does the tours in his own time, unpaid and it would be appreciated if you would leave a donation towards the upkeep of the Synagogue.
Advance booking is essential as numbers will be limited to 50. Please contact the Organiser before 25th July. Places are open to all members and guests of the Devonshire Association and will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. All bookings will be confirmed as available with allocated times given. Advanced bookings will also be taken for lunch on request. All costs must be settled by participants and not the Association.
Note that nearby public car parks now have a 3 or 4 hour time limit. However, the George Park and Ride offers free parking – details here. Stagecoach bus services 101 and Plymouth Citybus services 42 and 42C run from this park and ride site, in the north of the city opposite the George Hotel on Tavistock Road (PL6 7HB).