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Montefiore, Judith


MONTEFIORE, JUDITH (1784–1862), daughter of Levi Barent *Cohen and wife of Sir Moses *Montefiore, whom she married in 1812. Her influence on her husband was profound. She left a diary of their first visit to Palestine in 1827 and described their second visit in 1838 in her Notes from a Private Journal (1844). She was the author, or coauthor, of the first Anglo-Jewish cookbook, the Jewish Manual by "A Lady" (1846). She was commemorated by her husband in the foundation of the Judith Lady Montefiore College. Originally lax in observance, she later returned to strict Orthodox practice.


See Sir Moses *Montefiore; Lipman, in: jhset, 21 (1962–67), 287–303.

[Sonia L. Lipman]

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