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Cover of first edition

Cover of first edition

January 2014

New Edition of Guidebook Announced

First edition a sell-out

Jewish Heritage's Director, Sharman Kadish, has spent much of the last six months working on a brand new, updated and expanded edition of her best-selling guidebook Jewish Heritage in England that, after going through two print-runs, has now completely sold-out. The book was originally published by English Heritage in 2006 to mark the 350th Anniversary of the Readmission of the Jews to England. The new edition is being retitled Jewish Heritage in Britain and Ireland, better reflecting the actual content, and the sections on Wales, Scotland and Ireland are due to be enhanced with photographs not previously published.  She has personally revisited every one the heritage trails that are featured, not only in London's East End, but also in Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton, accompanied by architects Barbara Bowman or Viorica Feler-Morgan. Barbara undertook, where necessary, to update the maps as her last task before her retirement last year.  

Particularly time-consuming has been the addition of web addresses and full postcodes for every site entry, reflecting the rapid changes in technology over the past few years, especially the fact that Sat Nav has become commonplace. 'It hasn't been half so much fun this time round,'  Dr Kadish remarked. 'Instead of getting out and about visiting communities and sites up and down the country, I feel that I have been virtually everywhere - or rather everywhere virtually (!) courtesy of Google Maps, Google Satellite and Google Streetview!'

'The biggest challenge has been working out six or seven figure postcodes for cemeteries  whose residents, after all, aren't in the habit of receiving letters these days!  It was sometimes a bit trial and error to find reliable postcodes that would get visitors as close as possible to their chosen destination. I was occasionally reduced to peering at wheelie bins in Streetview to find out the address of the house next door....'

The new edition is due to appear early in 2015.


For those who cannot wait, the Jewish Heritage Office has acquired the three last copies of the original edition, available on a first-come-first-served basis at the publisher's price of £16.99 . The price of second hand copies is already rising now that the book is out of print. Call the office on (+44) (0)161 238 8621 to order your copy. P&P thrown in for free.