The Channel Islands are a group of islands in the English Channel off the coast Normandy, France. They are not technically part of the United Kingdom but are British Crown dependencies. They comprise two separate adminitrative units: the Bailiwick of Jersey (flag on left) and the Bailiwick of Guernsey (flag on right), the latter also including Alderney, Sark and a number of the smaller islands.
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
A Jewish community has existed on Jersey in the Channel Islands since before 1820. A synagogue was built in 1842 at 100 Halkett Place, St. Helier. Although the synagogue fell into disuse by the end of the 19th century, those Jewish families remaining on the island continued to hold religious services in private homes and lived openly as Jews, and a new Jewish congregation was established in the 1960's
Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain - Website: http://www.jgsgb.org.uk
For the Channel Islands Jewish Community on the Jewish Community & Records United Kingdom (JCR-UK) website, see http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/Chislands.htm
Two Jewish cemeteries, both dating from the nineteenth century, exist in St. Helier, Jersey.