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This undated newspaper clipping reports on the funeral of Ezekiel Nathan, who was buried in the graveyard he tended for more than twenty years. The cemetery was vandalised only a few days before Mr Nathan's death and a picture taken at the funeral shows overturned headstones. According to Harry Joseph, an active congregation member and the brother-in-law of Ezekiel Nathan, the funeral was exceptionally big with around hundred attendants.No author or source is mentioned for the clipping, but the Reverse side contains parts of an article by Nigel Jarrett, who has written about classical music for South Wales Argus. Mr Nathan died in 1993.Newport Monmouthshire Hebrew Congregation was founded in 1859 by orthodox Jews meeting at a temporary synagogue in Llanarth Street. A synagogue at Francis Street was opened in 1869 and consecrated by the Chief Rabbi Dr Herman Adler in 1871. In 1934 the congregation moved to the Nathan Harris Memorial Hall in Queen's Hill which was converted to a synagogue. In 1997 this synagogue was closed, and the congregation moved to the Prayer House by the Jewish Burial Ground on Risca Road. Within 20 years the congregation had dwindled to a few members able to attend and this too had ceased to hold services.Sources:"History of our Shul. The First Hundred Years", published by Newport Congregation in 1959;Oral history interviews with members of the Newport (MON) Hebrew Congregation, recorded in 2018 by JHASW.Depository: Gwent Archives.

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