THE JEWISH CONGREGATION OF PORTSMOUTH (1766—1842)

Though the greater part by far of the ” Minute Book of the Portsmouth Hebrew Congregation “?upon the contents of which my paper is almost exclusively based?refers to matters purely financial, and as such has no interest, not even a local one, for the Jews of the present day, there is enough, more than a mere residuum, that will repay a study, close and diligent.

Indeed, if it be too much to say that a person is all the better, it may safely be asserted that one is all the wiser, for the perusal and examination of a document at once so old and instructive, and almost unique of its kind.

For it should not be forgotten that whilst the date of the earliest entry in the Minute Book is Sunday the 17th of Tebeth ?140 years ago, that is?when some of the largest and most flourishing provincial congregations of

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