Welcome

Thank you for visiting the new improved website of the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee.  The original site was established by The Oxford Jewish Congregation (OJC) in Autumn 2006.   As with all things they get tired and need a freshen up, and in tune with the OJC's website we have carried out some housekeeping and migrated our selves from our original servers to new ones with a new team of advisors.   In many ways we hope you will not notice any difference, but the move has allowed us to change the format of the historic maps which have been broken for some time and other improvements.

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 welcome new expertise and enthusiasts.   Contact us if you feel able to contribute:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

At the heart of our project is an aim to raise the profile of the history of Jews in Oxford from earliest records through to modern day community activities.   The earliest Jews arrived in Oxford from France in 1070s and soon developed a thriving community in the city and surrounds.   That community was expelled from Oxford and England by the proclamation of King Edward 1 in 1290.

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

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 as we take you on the journey through Oxford's Jewish History.