Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Jewish 12th century bones reburied

    The ancient remains of three 12th century Jews have been reburied during a special ceremony.

    The two men and one woman, discovered during routine road works in Northampton in 1992, were interred at the town's Jewish cemetery on
    Sunday.

    Archaeologists had at first believed that the remains were from the 16th or 17th century, but radio carbon dating tests showed they dated back to 400 years earlier.

    The bones were found at a site identified by Marcus Roberts, director of JTrails, the National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail, as being the lost cemetery of the town's medieval Jewish community.

    Around 40 people attended the ceremony, organised by JTrails and Northampton Hebrew Congregation, which had sought advice from the Chief Rabbi's Office.

    The service was led by Small Communities Minister Elkan Levy. Rabbi Herschel Gluck of the European Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries also oversaw proceedings.

    Mr Roberts said: "The council did everything they could for the service to take place. There was a great willingness on their part to help the community do this.

    "It's rare to go to a funeral and leave with a smile on your face, but we feel the right thing has been done."

UK News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
UK News

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'

JC Reporter

Monday, December 5, 2016

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'
UK News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
UK News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'
UK News

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'

Rosa Doherty

Friday, December 2, 2016

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'
UK News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
UK News

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity

Daniel Sugarman

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity
UK News

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86

JC Reporter

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86