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This receipt is from Gotlib’s, Delicatessen Stores, Grocers, Bakers and Confectioners of 57 Bridge Street, Cardiff. Bridge Street was a centre for Jewish businesses in the 1950s. The receipt is for two tins of pears, two pineapples, one [illegible], a tin of cherries, greens and fruit, leeks, tea, ice cream and milk, the total coming to £2-10-3 (two pounds, ten shillings and three pence).

This receipt is a part of the Cardiff Reform Synagogue archive. It was filed with other receipts from 1953, so that is its likely date.

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.

Parry-Jones, Cai., ‘The History of the Jewish Diaspora in Wales’ (doctoral thesis, Bangor University, 2014) [accessed 24 February 2021]
JCR-UK/JewishGen. Cardiff Reform Synagogue, Cardiff, Wales (2020). [accessed 24 February 2021]

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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