Moses Joel

B&W ink wash of Moses Joel According to archival documents, the first minister of Edinburgh’s Jewish community was Moses Joel, licensed in 1831 as a shochet (trained and licensed to slaughter animals and birds in accordance with the laws of shechita). Listed in Edinburgh’s directories as a “clothier” and “priest of the Jews”, he attended to the small Jewish congregation at the Richmond Street Synagogue. (Image courtesy of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.)