The History behind Sir Moses Montefiore
A Successful Banker, Financer and Jewish Hero
A Proud Englishman & Jew
A Legacy of Faith
Montefiore's journey to the Holyland
Jewish philanthropy and the Holy Land were at the centre of Montefiore's interests. He travelled there by carriage and ship seven times, sometimes accompanied by his wife. In Montefiore's time, these voyages was arduous and not without danger. He made his last journey there at the age of 91.
Sir Moses Montefiore bought a plot of land and commissioned his cousin, architect David Mocatta, to design his own synagogue, which was opened with a grand public ceremony in 1833. Judith Lady Montefiore died in 1862 at the age of 78. She was buried in the Mausoleum which was commissioned by Sir Moses and built just 15 paces from the Synagogue (see adjoining photograph). When Sir Moses died in 1885 he was just 3 months short of his 101st birthday and in accordance with his wishes, he was buried alongside his wife.