Blue Plaques in Oxford

The Oxfordshire Jewish Heritage Committee is reviewing the presence of Blue Plaques which commemorate places or people with a Jewish connection. To have a Plaque erected application is made to the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board who have set the following criteria which must be strictly adhered to:


Isaiah Berlin Report JC

berlin2.jpgTributes to Sir Isaiah From The Jewish Chronicle

by Alison Ryde, Oxford

June 18, 2009


Oxford’s Jewish Heritage Committee was instrumental in securing blue plaque status for Headington House, Sir Isaiah Berlin’s home for many years, to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The plaque was unveiled by Peter Halban, Sir Isaiah’s stepson, at a ceremony attended by many family, friends and local dignitaries. Oxford Jewish Congregation invited Henry Hardy, editor of many of Sir Isaiah’s books, to discuss a Michael Ignatieff film in which Sir Isaiah discussed the influence of Judaism on his life. He was a long-time member of the congregation, whose president Kathy Shock was among those at a gala afternoon arranged by Wolfson College, of which Sir Isaiah was the founding president.

Dr Evie Kemp of the Oxford Jewish Heritage group, said: “This plaque is a commemoration of Sir Isaiah’s wonderful contribution to our local heritage.”

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Oxford Mail 8th June 2009