The following books will be of interest to you:
Susser, Rabbi Dr Bernard: The Jews ofSouth-West England
Exeter University Press, 1993
ISBN 0 85989 366 9
"The Jews of South-West England is the definitive study of theJews and Jewish communities of Devon and Cornwall (in Exeter,Falmouth, Penzance and Plymouth). The book chronicles the rise anddecline of these once important communities and the part played byJews in local and national government. It describes in detail theintegration of a foreign ethnic minority into the mainstream ofEnglish life, without entirely losing its distinctivecharacteristics. The book is illustrated, contains many tables and anindex, and makes extensive use of the decennial census."
Rabbi Susser signing a copy of his book for Judith Samuels, at theExeter launch,
held 21 September 1994 at the Exeter Synagogue. Judith laterpublished her own book,
The Jews of Bristol.
Gent, Frank: Rosh Hashanah and YomKippur
RMEP, Chansitor Publications Ltd, 1990
ISBN 0 08-036354-7 net
An introduction to the festivals for schools, written by theformer president of Exeter Synagogue, with an excellent colourphotograph of the synagogue and congregation on its cover.
Sutcliffe, Sylvia and Barry: Committed toJudaism
RMEP, Chansitor Publications Ltd, 1994
"Committed to Judaism: A Jewish Community presentsindividual jews' views and feelings about themselves, theirexperiences, the world and their faith. These personal statementshave been selected from interviews with ten people who worship at thesame synagogue in London, including a mother, father and their twodaughters, a young married couple, two grandparents and the rabbi.Everyone was asked the same set of questions and their answers arereported in their own words..."
It also includes a photograph of the interior of Exeter Synagogue,with the ark and Torah scroll.
Gent, Frank et al: Splashes ofGod-light
ISBN 0564 040568
"Splashes of God-light is an absorbing collection ofnineteen Bible stories retold by Jewish and Christian writers fromdifferent walks of life..."
It includes a chapter by Frank Gent describing his son Leo's barmitzvah in Exeter Synagogue in April, 1997.
Devon SACRE: Teaching Judaism in the PrimarySchool
Devon County Council
A book for schools produced by Devon with support of the ExeterSynagogue, and including photographs taken there.
Neil Folberg: 'And I Shall Dwell Among Them.Historic Synagogues of the World'
Published by Aperture (1997).
Stunning photographs of historic synagogues. Only Exeter andPlymouth were chosen to represent England. This exhibition is atpresent touring the world.
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