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  • Letter concerning potential new member of Cardiff New Synagogue Youth Association, 21 August 1955

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The letter details how new members of the synagogue, Mr and Mrs J.W. Bloom, have a son, Bernard John. He is described as age 19 and serving in H.M. Forces. The letter suggests communicating with Bernard to discuss becoming a member of the Youth Association.

The Youth Association was formed by the Cardiff New Synagogue, later known as Cardiff Reform Synagogue.

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:
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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