CAMBRIDGE, English university city. Cambridge harbored a fairly important Jewish community in medieval times though the report that it dates from 1073 is unfounded. The original synagogue, already apparently disused, was assigned to the Franciscans in 1244. Nearly 50 householders figure in the Cambridge Jewry lists during the period from 1224 to 1240. In 1266 during the Barons' Wars, a band of "Disinherited Knights" carried off the archa and held some of the community's wealthier members to ransom. In 1275 Edward I empowered his mother, Eleanor of Provence, to banish all Jews from her dower-towns, including Cambridge. The community was ultimately sent to Huntingdon. Magister Benjamin, whose house on the site of the present Guildhall was granted to the town by the king in 1224 as a jail, was an early Cambridge Jewish notable. He is to be identified with R. Benjamin of Kantabria (קנטבריא; benjamin of Cambridge). In the 16th century, the university records list two converted Jewish teachers: john immanuel tremellius of Ferrara (1510–1580), "King's Reader of Hebrew" in 1549, and Philip Ferdinand, originally from Poland, who published Haec sunt verba Dei (Cambridge, 1597). After the Resettlement the names of a number of Jewish teachers are known. These include: isaac abendana ; Isaac Lyons, a silversmith, who gave Hebrew lessons to members of the university (1732–1770); joseph crool (c. 1812–1837); and Herman Bernard (formerly Hurwitz; 1837–1857). S. Schiller-Szinessy taught talmudic literature (1869–1890) and S. Schechter acted in a similar capacity (1891–1901). He was succeeded by israel abrahams and the latter in 1931 by H.M.J. Loewe . Hebrew manuscripts collected by the Dutch Orientalist Thomas Erpennius (1584–1624) were donated to the university library in 1632, and in 1647–48 the collection of Hebrew books of the Italian rabbi Isaac Faragi was bought by parliamentary vote. The Hebrew manuscripts in the university library are estimated at more than 3,000, including the unique collection of the Taylor-Schechter Cairo genizah fragments. It attracts Jewish scholars from all over the world, and many significant works of Jewish scholarship are based on its material. Trinity College has the Aldis Wright Collection of Hebraica and there are a number of Genizah fragments in Westminster College. Until 1856 religious tests prevented Jews from obtaining degrees, though not from studying at the university. There have since been many Jewish teachers and fellows and a high number of Jewish undergraduates. Toward the middle of the 18th century, a short-lived Jewish community existed. It was reestablished in 1847 and again in 1888. In 1908, when selig brodetsky , a young Jewish immigrant from London's East End, was bracketed senior wrangler (the highest-ranking student in the university's mathematics examinations, a very prestigious result), a sensation was created in the Jewish East End. A significant number of Jews have been elected to the Cambridge Apostles, the semi-secret discussion society, among them leonard woolf , Victor Rothschild, and eric hobsbawm , while five Jews served as presidents of the Cambridge Union Debating Society between 1850 (before practicing Jews could not yet graduate from Cambridge) and 1952. In 1968 the number of residents was small and the congregation was supported almost entirely by students. As of the mid-1990s the Jewish community consisted of approximately 500 permanent residents and a similar number of students. By the early 21st century there were believed to be about 850 Jews in Cambridge, of whom about 500 were students. An Orthodox and Reform synagogue existed. William Frankel and Harvey   Miller, eds., Gown and Tallith (1989) contains many essays on Jews at Cambridge University. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: H.P. Stokes, Studies in Anglo-Jewish History (1913), 103–240; Rigg-Jenkinson, Exchequer, index; Abrahams, in: JHSET, 8 (1915–17), 63–77, 98–121; idem, in: JHSEM, 1 (1925); J. Jacobs, Jews of Angevin England (1950), 4, 222, 374–5; C. Roth, Rise of Provincial Jewry (1950), 42–46; idem, England, index. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: R.C. Dobson, "The Jews of Medieval Cambridge," in: TJHSE, 32 (1990–92), 1–24; R. Deacon, The Cambridge Apostles (1985); M. Jolles, A Directory of Distinguished British Jews, 1830–1930 (2002), 141–45. Under 'CANTERBURY': M. Jolles, Samuel Isaac, Saul Isaac and Nathaniel Isaacs (1998). (Cecil Roth (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cambridge — Cambridge, NE U.S. city in Nebraska Population (2000): 1041 Housing Units (2000): 545 Land area (2000): 0.808657 sq. miles (2.094413 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.808657 sq. miles (2.094413… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Cambridge — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para otros usos de este término, véase Cambridge (desambiguación) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Cambridge — es una antigua ciudad universitaria inglesa y la capital del condado de Cambridgeshire. Se encuentra aproximadamente a 80 kilómetros de Londres y la rodean varias villas y pueblos. Su fama la debe a la Universidad de Cambridge, la que incluye a… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cambridge [1] — Cambridge (spr. kēmbridsch), 1) berühmte Universitätsstadt (municipal borough) Englands in der nach ihr benannten Grafschaft (s. Cambridgeshire), auf beiden Seiten des schiffbaren Cam, über den zwölf Brücken führen, bietet, obwohl weniger von der …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cambridge '99 RC — Nines is a rowing club based in Cambridge, UK with one of the largest active rowing memberships in the region. The club s colours are a distinctive sky blue, old gold and green.The club rows all year round and has a strong competitive ethos. All… …   Wikipedia

  • Cambridge [1] — Cambridge (spr. Kehmbridsch), 1) (Cambridshire, spr. Kähmbridschier), Grafschaft in England; 40 QM.; grenzt im N. an die Grafschaft Lincoln, im O. an Suffolk u. Norfolk, im S. an Essex u. Hertford, im SW. an Bedford, im W. an Hunlingdon, u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Cambridge, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 819 Housing Units (2000): 328 Land area (2000): 1.030901 sq. miles (2.670021 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.001025 sq. miles (0.002656 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.031926 sq. miles (2.672677 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Cambridge, ID — U.S. city in Idaho Population (2000): 360 Housing Units (2000): 173 Land area (2000): 0.283333 sq. miles (0.733828 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.283333 sq. miles (0.733828 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Cambridge, IL — U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 2180 Housing Units (2000): 896 Land area (2000): 1.415414 sq. miles (3.665905 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.013186 sq. miles (0.034151 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.428600 sq. miles (3.700056 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Cambridge, KS — U.S. city in Kansas Population (2000): 103 Housing Units (2000): 55 Land area (2000): 0.173968 sq. miles (0.450574 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.173968 sq. miles (0.450574 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.