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Address: Plymouth Hebrew Congregation | Synagogue Chambers, Catherine Street,, Plymouth PL1 2AD, England
Phone Number: 07753267616
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Fascinating, well worth the visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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60 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

One of the most compelling historical interiors in the city. I wish it were open and more accessible frequently but can completely understand how difficult that must be with a shrinking congregation and resources. Like many other contributors we were given a very helpful a and invaluable tour and historical description by a volunteer who was better and more engagingly... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Not enough people get to take a look inside this interesting and atmospheric very old little synagogue. And that despite the excellent efforts of the ex-caretaker to conduct very well informed and presented group tours. We really enjoyed ourselves and learnt a lot earlier this year. I do not think it would ruin the mystery of what is behind those... More 

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Liskeard, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went with my aunt and I was unsure of how it would be but I was open minded, and I happily surprised with how informative and engaging even the abridged (90 minute) tour was. Jerry the guy who does them has some great historical knowledge of the local area too so feel free to ask about the Plymouth area too.... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Hard to find without directions but it is close to the Minster Church of St Andrews and, in its own way,is a remarkable survivor. What am I writing about? One of the oldest Ashkenazi synagogues in this country which has survived wars and vandalism. It is a listed Grade 2 building. To visit ring the caretaker first who will show... More 

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Cheshire
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This is one of Plymouths secret gems and well worth a visit. We telephoned the caretaker in advance and he let us in and showed us around. We were immensely impressed and stayed for about 45 minutes. There is a website which tells you all about it and that is helpful to read beforehand.There is metered car parking on the... More 

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Brixham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Our U3A group visited today this wonderful Georgian building that houses the Ashkenazi synagogue, which is a visual and architectural delight. Not easy to spot without directions, but this has probably contributed to its integrity, survival, and lack of being vandalised in any century. A Grade 2 listed building (see Wikipedia). We were shown around by the enthusiastic and helpful... More 

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