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  • Letter from Cardiff New Synagogue Youth Association Chairman, Marcel Golten, 18 November 1950

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This is a circular letter which means it was produced to be circulated widely. The aim of the letter is to bring attention to the Cardiff New Synagogue Youth Association and enrol more members. The group is described as ‘a very active group of young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years.’ More details are included such as time and location of meetings, and contact details for the Secretary.

The letter is signed by Chairman, Marcel Golten.

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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