Welcome To Oxford Jewish Heritage

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Thank you for visiting the updated website of the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee.

The committee consists of a mix of enthusiasts in the field with the support of Hebraists, medievalists and archaeologists, but we are always open to welcoming new expertise and enthusiasts. Contact us if you feel able to contribute:  ojh@ojc-online.org

Our aim is to raise the profile of the history of Jews in Oxford from earliest records through to the modern day. The Jews first arrived in Oxford from France in 1070s and soon developed a thriving community  in the city and its surrounds. They were expelled from Oxford and England by the proclamation of King Edward 1 in 1290.

Because the University has preserved so much of the historical evidence in documentation, Oxford retains a unique memory of those medieval Jews. Their story has been largely unknown and is described as the ‘Hidden History’.  This website,  launched in September 2009, is devoted to uncovering this history and offering it to a wider audience.

Highlights include detailed maps of Medieval Jewish Oxford, an Inventory of Hebraica and Judaica in the Oxford Colleges, Blue Plaques for famous Oxford Jews and much more.

Save the page and keep checking for updates (or be notified via www.facebook.com/OxfordJewishHeritage/  as we take you on the journey through Oxford’s Jewish History.

Latest News & Articles:

See below for our latest news and articles, click read more to see more detail.

The Silver Video

The Silver Video: As reported in Menorah (summer 2021)  the Silver family found an old digital video recording made by George Silver at an Oxford

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Oxford Jewish Heritage Facebook page is up live and running. If you are on Facebook then ‘like’ the page and you should be notified whenever

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The Jewish Pointed Hat

How did the pointed hat of European aristocracy become an anti-Jewish Symbol? And was it the forerunner of the modern skullcap? An article in The Librarians an

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Our aim is to raise the profile of the history of Jews in Oxford from earliest records through to the modern day.

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