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An invitation to a lecture on The Anglo-Jewish Association by Harold Soref for the members of the congregation of the Cardiff New Synagogue (now known as the Cardiff Reform Synagogue). The lecture was to take place at the Royal Hotel in Cardiff City Centre on Tuesday, 16 May. The year of the event is not indicated; however, between 1948 and 1980, 16 May was Tuesday in 1950, 1961, 1967, 1972, and 1978.

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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