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Address: Plymouth Hebrew Congregation | Synagogue Chambers, Catherine Street,, Plymouth PL1 2AD, England
Phone Number: 07753267616
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Poignant symbol of Plymouth's predicament

This beautiful synagogue has been in place for over 250 years, coming into existence and flourishing with the port and the naval dockyards through the era of the Napoleonic wars... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This beautiful synagogue has been in place for over 250 years, coming into existence and flourishing with the port and the naval dockyards through the era of the Napoleonic wars. Sadly, decline set in, in step with the economic fortunes of the city, a decline that has accelerated as the community has aged and migrated. It seems all but inevitable... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

we went on an arranged visit with a U3A group. It is a fascinating place. Although we were not a Judaic group, the curator was a fount of knowledge. Visit and leave a few quid for the maintenance.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is, without a doubt, the most interesting thing there was to see in Plymouth. The synagogue itself was beautiful, but what made it a truly special experience was Jerry the caretaker's tour and explanation of the synagogue's history. I don't think I have ever had such a knowledgeable, likeable, or genuinely interested guide before in my life. Thank you,... More 

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Dartington, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Yesterday, my mother and I had the pleasure of visiting the oldest synagogue in the english speaking world. We were greeted and hosted by a wonderful human being, namely Jerry, the caretaker of the synagogue. His knowledge is wide and varied and his own story is intimately linked with the story of this exceptional place. We strongly recommend a visit... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Hidden away from view. Tour very informative and interesting. If visiting Plymouth it is a must to visit

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Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is a wonderful little synagogue. Inside is delightful and it has some wonderful features - beautiful stained glass, plainly decorated apart from the amazing lighting, historically important, as it is Georgian, and has a stunning Baroque Ark and is full of light. It has a thriving community and is the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in the English speaking world. Don't... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I took my class here and I hadn't even realised it existed before. There was a lovely gentlemen who gave my class a tour and made learning about Judaism fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a historical and cultural jewel, not just for Jews, but for the historical significance of a what happens to a shrinking cultural resource when the population it serves ages and disappears. We visited and were captivated by the beauty of the synagogue and the knowledge of its non-Jewish caretaker, who clearly has a passion for his job and... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

As I am Jewish I always like to visit places of Jewish cultural interest whilst I am on holiday. So whilst in Devon I decided to visit this Shul and I was not disappointed. The building was beautiful and I learnt so much about the history of Jews in Plymouth from Jerry, the guide. I learnt that Sir Francis Drake's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I visited this building with the U3A group yesterday, having missed the opportunity during Plymouth's history festival. It really is a revelation. Jerry the caretaker and guide is a real enthusiast about both the history of the Jews in Plymouth and Plymouth itself and his enthusiasm is infectious. It is the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in the English speaking world and... More 

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