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A series of letters between Cardiff New (later Reform) Synagogue and Sir Robert Waley Cohen, the adviser on Jewish affairs for the Ministry of Food, regarding the Cardiff kosher butchers.

The first letter, dated 22 July 1948, is addressed to Mr Corne, Secretary of Cardiff New (Reform) Synagogue. Sir Cohen writes that Chief Rabbi had taken immediate steps to instruct the Cardiff United Synagogue to withdraw their instructions given to Cardiff kosher butchers. This is discussed in previous letters about where this Synagogue put into place a rule where, if members subscribed to or supported a Synagogue which was disapproved by the Beth Din, their ability to purchase kosher meat would be removed. They have been informed they must not refuse to sell kosher meat to any registered customer. He asks if the issue is not resolved to contact him again to "put an end to this irregular action".

The second letter dated 7 August 1948 is written by the Cardiff New Synagogue's Chairman and acknowledges receipt of Cohen's letter of 22 July. It expresses gratitude to Chief Rabbi and Sir Robert Waley Cohen for having promptly dealt with the issue of the Cardiff kosher butchers.

The third letter, dated 8 October 1948, is from Cardiff New Synagogue and addressed to Sir Robert Waley Cohen. It refers to enclosed circular letter regarding kosher meat in Cardiff, which was issued by the Cardiff United Synagogue. The letter expresses concerns about this notice and asks Sir Cohen for comments.

The fourth letter of 27 October 1948 is Sir Cohen's reply reassuring the Cardiff New Synagogue that the notice issued by the Cardiff United Synagogue is not intended to reverse the Chief Rabbi's instructions regarding the Cardiff kosher butchers.

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.

'The History of the Jewish Diaspora in Wales' by Cai Parry-Jones (;
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Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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