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  • Announcements about the Passover Services and the Communal Seder of the Cardiff New Synagogue, Cardiff, April 1950

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This document, addressed to the members of the Cardiff New Synagogue, announces the dates of the Passover Services, which were to be held at the Temple of Peace in Cathays, and Annual Communal Seder, which was to take place at the Louis Café on St Mary Street.

Note regarding the date: the first Passover Services is listed for 'Saturday, 1st April'. The document provides no year, but the only time the Passover started on a Saturday, 1 April, since the Cardiff Reform Synagogue has been established, was in 1950 (cf. http://jaysage.org/Passover_Dates.pdf).

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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