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Accounts for the Cardiff New Synagogue Ladies' Guild for the year ended 31 December 1968. The accounts are produced by Cardiff accountants, Alban and Lamb and are dated 3 March 1969. They set out income and expenditure, including money raised for "Aid for Israel" and the Guild's contribution to the "Synagogue Fund". The accompanying Notes on the Accounts provide a more detailed breakdown of the income received from different Guild functions (such as the Purim Party, Synagogue Dance and Garden Party) and the donations made through the Guild's Combined Charities Account (for example, to the Israel Emergency Fund, the Leo Baeck College and the Jews Temporary Shelter).

The Cardiff New Synagogue Ladies' Guild, a women-only volunteer group, was established in 1950. The ladies of the Guild organised religious, fund raising and social activities for the Synagogue - from the annual garden parties, to the food of festivals and to talks held in members' homes, as well as acts of tzedakah (justice or charity) and community welfare. The Ladies' Guild ceased to exist in 1986. In its place, a new guild formed that was open to both men and women, which focussed more on fundraising for the Synagogue.

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 immigrants who had fled war-torn Europe, where the Reform movement was already well-established. The congregation worships in a converted Methodist Chapel on Moira Terrace, 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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