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Blue Plaque for Israel Samuel
Israel Samuel Blue Plaque Launch - 14 July 2016

Our Jewish Story Brighton & Hove

Our Jewish Story Brighton & Hove is the social history and heritage online hub for the Brighton & Hove Jewish Community.

In 2016, Brighton & Hove celebrated 250 years since the first written record of Jewish life, with a series of events and publications.

The highlight event was the unveiling of a Blue Plaque to Brighton & Hove's first recorded resident, Israel Samuel. This event was accompanied with the publication of Brighton Jewry 250 : An Anthology of Brighton and Hove Jewish Community 1766-2016, published by the Jewish Historical Society of England.

In the introduction to this book, co-editor Michael Crook stated an intention that a website would be produced to allow the project to develop further and so this is the first step.

Meet the team

Picture of Michael Crook

Michael Crook

Chair, Jewish Historical Society of England - Sussex Branch

Michael has been Chair of JSHE Sussex since 2015, and co-edited Brighton Jewry 250 with Godfrey Gould, the previous chair. He has roles in local Jewish communal organisations and projects.

Portrait of Gordon Kay

Gordon Kay


Gordon got involved in this project as a result of consulting on design and print for  the Brighton Jewry 250 book. He runs a marketing communications consultancy, Tell Your Story Better

Godfrey Gould, former Chair of JHSE Sussex and local Jewish historian.

Godfrey Gould

Brighton and Hove Jewish Historian and former JHSE Sussex Chair

Godfrey co-edited Brighton Jewry 250 with Michael. He was one of the local Jewish historians who discovered that Israel Samuel residency in Brighton from 1766, of which the whole book and commemorations were built around He has roles in local Jewish communal organisations and projects.

Portrait of Winston Pickett

Winston Pickett


Winston was part of the Brighton Jewry 250 sub-editing team and has been involved in local and national Jewish communal life for many years. He is a public relations specialist and journalist.

Next Steps...

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