Re: First Jews in England #general

amfox <amfox@...>

Although the Jews were indeed expelled, modern scholarship (as popularised
by Michael Wood in his book and recent TV series on William Shakespeare)
suggests that some Jews, both conversos and others, lingered on; and one of
them, Emilia Bassano, one of a family of Jewish musicians of Venetian
origin, has been suggested as one candidate for the Dark Lady of the Sonnets
and as a model for some aspects of the various Jewesses portrayed by
Shakespeare. Shakespeare seems to have known Jews. There is also a
suggestion that Shakespeare and Emilia were more than "just good friends" -
but the important point of genealogical concern is that it is likely that
England never became completely free of Jews.

Mervyn Fox

The Jews of England were kicked out and only returned after Oliver
Cromwell invited them back. The oldest synagogue in England is
Sephardic, dating >from 1702, and is still very much in use today
despite, not the least, an IRA bomb. I understand that they
hold very good records going back 300 years. The oldest Ashkenazi
synagogue >from this period is in Plymouth going back 250 years and I
am sure they, too, have some records.
David, the fact they were kicked out strengthens my thesis in
that the 1702 sephardim where not the first. Why do you think that before
the fimal kick-out of 1395 they had no synagogues? Only because of lack
of evidence?

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
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