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King’s Lynn Civic Society to give talk about history of Jewish community in town

An opportunity is coming up to learn more about Lynn’s history of Jewish heritage in a talk.

As a port and regional trading centre, Lynn has seen waves of immigration over centuries. This has made the town a melting pot of cultures, languages and religions.

Marsha Parker from the Jewish Cemetery Friends’ Association will be giving a talk about Jewish heritage in Lynn from 1080 all the way up to present day - as part of Lynn’s Civic Society’s lectures.

The Jewish Cemetary in Lynn
The Jewish Cemetary in Lynn

Lynn had a medieval Jewish community and in the 18th century, many Jewish people brought their commerce and culture to the UK from war-torn areas of Europe.

Marsha has been the custodian of the disused Jewish Cemetery in Kings Lynn since 2011.

The talk will be taking place on Thursday, April 4 at 7.30pm at the Great Hall at Thoresby College in town.

Five years ago the Board Of Deputies of British Jews asked the local community to take on maintenance of this site by forming the Jewish Cemetery Friends’ Association, which will be two years old in July.

Membership subscriptions and donations mean that this summer renovation will commence on repairing headstones.

The gate has been restored, volunteers help to make this a quiet and pleasant space.

Marsha is in the process of collating the many pieces of information about the people who used the cemetery.

All are welcome, non-members to pay £2.50.

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