A FORMER Huddersfield University lecturer is seeking information about the town’s “hidden Jews”.
John Pearson, who was head of the university departments of textiles and design, is researching the history of Huddersfield’s Jewish community.
Dr Pearson, 61, said: “As there is so little information available, the topic could almost be called ‘the hidden Jews of Huddersfield.’”
The first reference to Jews in Huddersfield was in the 1895 edition of the Jewish Year Book.
The town’s Jewish population numbered about 50 until the 1950s, when it rose to about 70.
It fell to 20 in 1964, after which there was no mention.
A synagogue was established at Northumberland Street in the early 1900s, but there was no mention of it after 1929.
Another synagogue at 11 Albion Street is thought to have been demolished in the 1960s.
Dr Pearson, who is Jewish and lives in Leeds, said: “While at the university I was intrigued by its prospectus claiming that Huddersfield welcomed students of all religions since it had churches, mosques and synagogues.
“There was no sign of the synagogues and I resolved that, once I retired, I would begin the quest to find out about the Jewish community in Huddersfield.”
He wants to hear from anyone with information, memories, anecdotes, photos and artefacts that may help his research.