About Bristol

Why not spend a long weekend in Bristol?

Come and learn more about our historic city, alongside deepening your Jewish learning while at Bristol Limmud SW on the Sunday.

Click here to find out what’s going on in Bristol in June 2018.

If you go to our session describing Bristol Jewry, you will discover that there may have been Jews in Bristol before and during the expulsion of Jews from Britain in 1290, as well as after their return under Oliver Cromwell.

Bristol is a vibrant, multi-ethnic city. It has many tourist attractions including Brunel’s historic Clifton Suspension Bridge and the more contemporary Pero’s bridge. Bristol has a small but strong Jewish presence including: 

  • The synagogue for Jewish students at Clifton College, originally in Polack’s House at the College
  • The synagogue in Bannerman Road, Easton, for Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation, established in the twentieth century  
  • The synagogue in Park Row for Bristol Hebrew Congregation, built in the nineteenth century, replacing earlier synagogues for Bristol Jewry.
  • Chabad which serves Jewish students and communities of the South West
  • Several Jewish student associations
  • DAVAR  – an independent cultural organisation promoting events relating to Jewish heritage and culture

From left: The Ark inside Park Row Synagogue; main window of Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation’s synagogue at Bannerman Road

Stay longer and travel further afield.  Bristol is within easy reach of:

  • Bath
  • Cardiff and South Wales
  • Exeter and the South West
  • The Cotswolds
  • The Quantocks
  • Worcester and the Midlands