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The letter is addressed to Mr Flieglestone (also spelled Fligelstone and Fliglestone) and is from Hilary Goldberg at the Combined Overseas Rehabilitation and Refugee Appeal. It is regarding Mr Fligelstone's new position as the Honourary President of the Newport Mon Hebrew Congregation. The letter outlines details about the fundraising appeal and how donations should be made; mentions the Newport congregation's meeting on 17 January 1960; and outlines some facts about CORRA: that the Central British Fund (C.B.F.) and British O.R.T. are committed to double their income during World Refugee Year and that the two committees have combined with the British O.S.E. to form CORRA and to raise £250, 000 by 1 June 1960. The letter states that a pamphlet has been included to gain the support of communities. It is mentioned that Mr Goldberg is aware that the Mayor of Newport has asked the Newport Mon Hebrew Congregation for their support and that they should be earmark for CORRA.

The Combined Overseas Rehabilitation and Refugee Appeal (CORRA) was a combination of appeals from organisations fundraising for Jewish refugees for World Refugee Year. World Refugee Year was launched by the United Nations in June 1959 to June 1960. It was set up to increase the public’s awareness of the issues faced by refugees and to find solutions to improve their lives. The organisations which were included were the Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation (C.B.F.), British Organisation for Rehabilitation through Training (British O.R.T.) and British O.S.E. Jewish Health Organisation. The Central British Fund provided support such as housing, a kindergarten and equipment for summer camps and clinics for Jewish immigrants and refugees in Australia, France, Morocco, Poland, Iran and the rehabilitation of Jewish survivors from Agadir. The British Organisation for Rehabilitation through Training (British O.R.T.) was part of World O.R.T. and provided technical training in 21 countries including Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, Iran, France and Poland. The British O.S.E. Jewish Health Organisation ran a health programmes in Tunisia, Morocco, Iran and Israel. As well as a scheme for patients discharged from mental hospitals in France. They also provided post-graduate medical training and scholarships for nurses.

Newport Monmouthshire Hebrew Congregation was founded in 1859 by orthodox Jews meeting at a temporary synagogue in Llanarth Street. A synagogue at Francis Street was opened in 1869 and consecrated by the Chief Rabbi Dr Herman Adler in 1871. In 1934 the congregation moved to their Nathan Harris Memorial Hall in Queen’s Hill which was converted to a synagogue. In 1997 this synagogue was closed, and the congregation moved to their Prayer House by the Jewish Burial Ground on Risca Road. Within 20 years the congregation had dwindled to a few members able to attend and this too had ceased to hold services.

Sources:
“History of our Shul. The First Hundred Years", published by Newport Congregation in 1959;
Oral history interviews with members of the Newport Mon Hebrew Congregation, recorded in 2018 by JHASW;
Letters sent from the Combined Overseas Rehabilitation and Refugee Appeal to the Newport Mon Hebrew Congregation between 1959 and 1960 with information about the organisation;
“When the war was over: European refugees after 1945. Briefing Paper 7. World Refugee Year 1959-1960” found at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/postwar-refugees/documents/briefing-paper-7-world-refugee-year.pdf.

Depository: Gwent Archives.

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