The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 Objects

Come and find out about some of the remarkable Jewish treasures in the Ashmolean Museum.

Rebecca Abrams, well known Oxford author and a member of the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee will be speaking at the
FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival
on Saturday 1st April at 10am IMG_4902about her forthcoming book, "The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 Object from the Ashmolean Museum".

For tickets, please go to         

"The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 Objects from the Ashmolean Museum"  will be published by the Ashmolean Museum this Autumn, 2017


17th century Venetian Jewish wedding ring    

Hidden Oxford

Hidden Oxford on BBC1’s South Today - Evening News

Thursday 3rd November 2016



Jeremy Stern investigated some of the hidden underground secrets of central Oxford.   This Link will take you to a YouTube version of this segment and includes a conversation between Jeremy and OJHeritage's own medievalist, Pam Manix

Memorial Resited

Rose Garden Memorial Resited after 4 years


1st November 2016



The memorial to the medieval Jews of Oxford which was installed in the Rose Garden of the Daubeny Building, July 2012, in front of the entrance to the Botanic Gardens, was resited after only four years. This became necessary when it was realised that a horizontal stone, meant to represent the tombstones of the unamed medieval Jews, was suffering as a result of both the Oxford Climate and the footfall of numerous vistors.    It's transfer to a semi-vertical position, only a few feet to one side, took many months of planning since the Rose Garden falls withing an subject to planning and listed buildings consent.   With the help of the Planning Dept of the City of Oxford and the Bursar and Council of Magdalen College it was reinstalled this week, and we hope will now remain legible to those who wish to stop and read its moving inscription.    Funding for the resiting was made possible by a generous donation to the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee.







 MW Nov 2016

New Catalogue of Hebraica March 2016

On 7th March 2016 A Descriptive Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts of Corpus Christi College, Oxford  edited by Prof Peter E Pormann, Professor of Classics and Graeco-Arabic Studies and Director of the John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester. was launched at an event in Corpus Christi College.   Prof Pormann, than gave a lecture about the Hebrew manuscripts held at the College.

More about the Collection of Hebraica at Corpus Christi College can be found on this site here
Shelter from the Storm

Oxford gave sanctuary to many who fled Nazi persecution, and the refugees in turn made a colossal contribution to the University’s intellectual life, as a forthcoming book reveals.   Victoria Bentata, one of the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee members, and a well known local author has had this article published in Oxford Today, a Oxford University publication.      The exhibition, Persecution and Survival open from  Jan - March 2012, was reported on this website, and the OJHCommittee was involved in the official opening.

Our thanks to the Author and Editor of Oxford Today for permission to refer to it here

You can read Victoria's article by clicking HERE
Persecution of Elizabethan Oxford Jews
This article appeared in the Oxford Times of 7th May 2015

It appears by kind permission of the Editor, Mr Tim Hughes, and the Auther, Dr William Poole

Calls for Jewish Martyr's Memorial
This article appeared in the Oxford Times of 31st April 2015

It recounts an approach by a member of the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committe, DR Pam Manix, Medieval Archeological Architect to erect a memorial to the Oxford Martyrs

It appears by kind permission of the Editor, Mr Tim Hughes

Wall Street Journal and Medieval Oxford

An Article appeared in the Wall Street Journal Sept 23rd 2014 by the President of Corpus Christie College, Richard Carwardine about the Medieval Siddur held in the archives of Corpus Christie - click HERE to link to it.

Stonesetting Delayed 62 Years!

The Stonesetting for Franz Baerman Steiner took place at 11am on Sunday October 19th 2014 in the Jewish Section at Wolvercote Cemetery.   Dr Steiner was alone at his death all his family having perished in the Holocaust.   The stone has been funded by an appeal to an International Groups of Scholars.  The community is grateful to them.

The organiser of this mitzvah, Prof Jeremy Adler, Emeritus Professor of German, Kings College London. read a eulogy at the graveside after the stonesetting which is available to read on the OJC website.   They two dozen or so attendees, mostly distinguished scholars from British Universities, but also some from the University of Siegen in Germany, then attended a scholarly gathering in the Haldane Room at Wolfson College where they discussed Steiner's life and work.   The president of the OJC and three other members of the community were in attendance also.   The President expressed his thanks to the group for carrying out this important duty of rememberance. 

An article about this famous polymath and academic's tragic and productive life can be found on the Notable Jews Page

Jewish Heritage Europe
A new organisation has just appeared and is commended to those interested in our field:


Jewish Heritage Europe aims to facilitate communication and information exchange regarding projects, initiatives and other developments concerning Jewish heritage and Jewish heritage sites: restoration, funding, ongoing projects, best-practices, advisory services and more. They hope to foster contacts among Jewish communities, private individuals or bodies, foundations, state and civic organizations, monuments protection authorities and other stakeholders and interested parties.

As a project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, their goal is for JHE to be a clearing house for a variety of such information and a go-to online resource for people involved or interested in Jewish heritage to find addresses, contacts and news.

The Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee hopes to work with JHE to our mutual benefit.

To see their website click to   A monthly eNewsletter is published and can be applied for.

Oxford Jewish Heritage Facebook page is up live and running. If you are on Facebook then 'like' the page and you should be notified whenever there is a new entry on our website. 

We are constantly updating the site and adding interesting historical information and links about Jewish Oxford.           f_logo

Museum of Oxford News Jan 2014

Museum of Oxford News

This item appeared on the Museum of Oxford's Website and can be seen in situ by clicking below

The Museum Team

Thursday 17 October 2013

Uncovering Oxford's Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Oxford was proud and indeed delighted to host Oxford Jewish Heritage's Sunday School at the Museum and Town Hall on Sunday 13 October 2013. Over 100 people attended this event to celebrate the unveiling of new educational panels in the Explore Oxford galleries and the Medieval Cellar as well as a new journey on our interactive tour of Oxford. This was a celebration of Jewish heritage, particularly medieval, which is so well preserved and recorded in Oxford. 

The Town Hall and Museum was a real hive of activity. Children of varying ages were entertained with craft activities, creative writing, and story telling in the Cellar whilst parents and adults were engaged with enjoying the new exhibits and an informative talk by Pam Manix, member of OJH committee, about Oxford's Jewish heritage. The Lord Mayor, Dee Sinclair, was here to cut the ribbon as was Jon Rowland, president of OJH.

The Museum of Oxford's Explore Oxford galleries play host to a range of objects, alongside these new exhibits, that highlight the city's ties with Jewish heritage. Such as a Medieval carved cross base that the members of the Jewish community were forced to carry through the streets for interrupting a Christian procession. The Museum also holds a medieval lamp found when the Town Hall was being built! Lots to see and the Museum is really proud to work closely with this worthwhile and important heritage group.


Sir Michael Moritz

Michael Moritz and Oxford

Moritz     Philanthropists Sir Michael Moritz and his wife, the writer Harriet Heyman, gave Christ Church its largest ever donation (£25m) in 2008 and in 2012 they gave a £75m donation to the University of Oxford for the support of the University’s poorest students.  It is hoped that a match-funding scheme will eventually increase the value of the £75m gift, the largest donation for Undergraduate support in European History, to £300m.  Those undergraduates with parental incomes of less than £16,000 p.a. (approx. 1,000 students each year) will receive ‘Moritz-Heyman Scholarships’ ensuring reduced tuition fees, help with living expenses and automatic internships. They will be expected to give 25 hours of community volunteering or outreach work every year.
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum - SOFO

This new museum is being built within the ground of the existing Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, which is currently housing its ongoing exhibitions. It has approached the Oxford Jewish Heritage (OJH) Committee to work with it on several projects. The recent exhibition entitled "Children at War" included information about child victims of war at Bergen Belsen, and children who came to Oxfordshire in the Kindertransport. This exhibit closed at the end of June 2013.

The Museum has collaborated with Oxford Jewish Congregation through OJH over the planned Bergen-Belsen exhibition opening in mid 2014. The Camp was 'liberated' by the Oxfordshire Yeomanry in April 1945 who found piteous conditions. The Museum will include direct knowledge of the liberation of the camp from members of the OJC who have responded to requests to contact them via the OJH.   More information on this upcoming exhibition wioll appear on this site when available.
New Blue Plaque in Oxford
We were delighted to learn that the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) is undertaking an initiative to erect plaques to well known figures from amongst Jewish refugees who achieved particular success and that their first one would be for Sir Hans Krebs here in Oxford on the side of the newly rebuilt Department of Biochemistry.  On 20th May a group of about 50 guests from various departments of science in Oxford and members of the Oxford Jewish Congregation and the Oxford Heritage Committee gathered to hear Professor Raymond Dwek and Frank Harding, a Director of the AJR welcome Lord John Krebs, son of Sir Hans, to speak and unveil the plaque to honour his father.

Krebs_AJR                                 KrebsAJR1

The work of Sir Hans and his discovery of the Krebs cycle has had a lasting impact on the world  and the Department of Biochemstry was particularly delighted with this plaque as their new building programme will mean removal of the existing Krebs Tower and in this way the memory of a remarkable scientists can be perpetuated.

Kathy Shock 2013

Respect is Due to a College Jew - JC

The article below was featured in the Jewish Chronicle of 15th March 2012:

Respect is due to a college Jew, by Peter Rosengard


Click the article name to view.

The following response appeared in the 23rd March edition:


Bodleian Manuscript

800 year old Hebrew manuscript published online by Bodleian Library

Bod_Manusc  One of the pages is signed by the author and scholar Maimonides

An ancient Hebrew manuscript which has been stored in an Oxford library for more than 300 years has been made available online.

For me information see the report on the BBC News Website  or read the Bodleian's own report on the Oxford University site

To see the manuscript go to
Oxford Mail Feature

"Oxford’s forgotten sons and daughters"; an article of this name appeared in the Oxford Mail in October 2010.

To see this article click here

Oxford Castle and the Medieval Jews
Simone Plaut nee Posner and Evie Kemp

Report by Alison Ryde:

A new interpretation board displaying the story of the Medieval Oxford Jewish community and its special association with Oxford Castle was unveiled on Thursday 14th October 2010.    Positioned prominently in the 900 year old Norman crypt on the Castle site, the board was the work of the Oxford Jewish Heritage Group, headed by Dr Evie Kemp.   The ribbon cutting honours were undertaken by Simone Plaut, daughter of the late Henry Posner, whose generous bequest to the Oxford Jewish Community funded the project.

Pam Manix, the group’s medievalist, gave a lecture on the history of the Medieval Jews of Oxford after the ceremony.The event was attended by representatives of Oxford University, Oxford City Council, Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford Civic Society and the Ashmolean Museum ,as well as the President (Simon Ryde), Treasurer (Stuart Kenner) and Secretary (Alison Ryde) and other members of the Oxford Jewish Congregation. 

The board can be viewed by visitors to the Oxford Castle Unlocked, in central Oxford.  See their website for opening hours and admission prices.

Evie Kemp and Pam Manix
Oxford Times - Limited Edition Article
The May  2010 edition of Oxfordshire Limited Edition, the Oxford Times occasional colour magazine has as it's first feature an article by Linora Lawrence entitled Oxford's Jewish Heritage. Good article with plenty of fine illustrations: Click here to download the article (pdf)