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Jewish Communities

Jewish communities have a rich and well-established history in Tyne and Wear, with early settlement in Sunderland dating back to 1768.

Jewish migration into Newcastle, North Shields, Gateshead and Whitely Bay continued steadily throughout the 1800s into the 20th century.

Jewish shopkeepers in the West End of Newcastle

 A Jewish family in Newcastle's West End



Tyne and Wear Archives Service cares for a wide variety of preserved records that represent the communities history and heritage. They include records for the  Representative Council of North East Jewry , Sunderland's first Hebrew Congregation in 1822 and charities such as the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, Newcastle Branch.

For a full list of archives, download User Guide 8.

Please note access to all Jewish records requires the permission of the depositor.


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Lewis Olsover, The Jewish Communities of North East England 1755-1980 (Ashley Mark, 1981)

The Kitchen Suitcase: lives of Jewish women in Gateshead (Equal Arts, 2004)

Available from Tyne and Wear Archives Service (Reference only)