WARWICK, town in central England. Jews are not mentioned there until the 13th century. They were excluded in 1234, but subsequently the community seems to have attained relative importance and was the seat of an *archa. The local synagogue was in the house of an active financier named Elijah, but the Elijah of ווראיק referred to in a medieval Hebrew source is probably Elijah of York. No Jewish community has existed in Warwick since the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290.
Roth, England, 3, 121–2, 238, 277; idem, Intellectual Activities of Medieval English Jewry (1949), 57; M.D. Davis, Shetaroth: Hebrew Deeds of English Jews, 1 (1888), 53, 95, 211; Rigg, Exchequer, passim.
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