50 Objects: 'Regional Communities'

From the medieval period to the present day, London has been home to the largest Jewish community in Britain. However, over the centuries communities have formed in towns and cities across the country, from Penzance in the south to Aberdeen in the north. Communities were often established in towns close to ports, or because they offered economic opportunities.

Circumcision Set from Exeter

This circumcision set dates from the late 18th century. It was probably used by a mohel (a person trained to perform circumcisions) in Exeter and the surrounding area.

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Moses Montefiore Mizrach

Scagliola tablet, part of a wall decoration in the estate of Moses Montefiore in Ramsgate. Montefiore was a prominent 19th century British Jewish leader and activist for worldwide Jewish causes.

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Bristol Blue Glass Finger Bowl

Blue glass finger bowl, dating from the early 19th century, made in Bristol by Jacobs’ Glass. The company was founded in the late 18th century by Lazarus Jacobs and his son Isaac.

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Polish Bonnet

Bonnet belonging to a Jewish woman who migrated from the village of Nowy Dwor in Poland to Wales in the late 19th or early 20th century. She would have worn the bonnet over a sheitel, a wig traditionally worn by orthodox Jewish women to cover their hair.

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