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A newspaper clipping of an article titled "Having faith in togetherness" by Catherine Norton, published in The Western Mail 8 December 1997. The article is about Elaina Rothman, the Rabbi of the Cardiff Reform Synagogue at that time, and reflects on the Jewish Reformed Movement's fiftieth anniversary, coinciding with the rabbi's own fiftieth birthday. The article discusses Rothman's background into how she became a rabbi and her work at Cardiff Reform Synagogue. She was also Co-chair of the Cardiff branch of the Council of Christians and Jews and the board member of the association in London.

The Cardiff Reform Synagogue was founded in 1948 as the Cardiff New Synagogue. The following year, it became a constituent member of the Movement for Reform Judaism. Born in reaction against the more restrictive traditions of the Orthodox Judaism of Cardiff Hebrew Congregation, such as the prohibition of driving on the Sabbath and the ban on interfaith marriages, the new Synagogue appealed to the immigrants who had fled the war-torn Europe, where the Reform movement was already well-established. The congregation worships in a converted Methodist Chapel on Moira Terrace they acquired in 1952.

Sources:
'The History of the Jewish Diaspora in Wales' by Cai Parry-Jones (http://e.bangor.ac.uk/4987);
JCR-UK/JewishGen (https://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/Community/card1/index.htm).


Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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