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Minutes of a meeting of the Cardiff New Synagogue Ladies' Guild held on 12 May 1975 in Cardiff. The minutes refer to a number of forthcoming charity events and initiatives, such as the Treasure Hunt and annual Garden Party. The minutes also refer to a talk given at the meeting by Mr Peter Bogod, which focussed on his trip to Israel to purchase a Sefer Torah on behalf of the Synagogue. The Sefer Torah is a handwritten copy of the Torah, the holiest book in Judaism, used in the ritual of Torah reading during Jewish prayers. The minutes are included in a Cardiff New Synagogue Ladies' Guild Minute Book, 1972-1979.

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.

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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