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An invitation from M. S. Bogod, the Chairman of CAJEX, the Cardiff branch of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, and member of the Cardiff New Synagogue, to the service that was to be held in honour of the soldiers who died during World War I and II. The service was to take place at the Cardiff Jewish Cemetery on Sunday, 13 September 1953.

The Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen and Women (AJEX) is dedicated to the remembrance of Jewish men and women who died while serving with the armed forces of the Crown. It was founded in 1929 to serve the needs of Jewish veterans of the First World War (1914-18).

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:
Jewish Legacy (https://www.jewishlegacy.org.uk/charities/ajex/);
'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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