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This undated newspaper clipping, presumably from the South Wales Argus, reports on the death of the grave-tender Ezekiel Nathan, 86, of the Newport (MON) Hebrew Congregation. Mr Nathan died soon after he had told the South Wales Argus about the desecration of the Jewish Burial Ground in Newport. His fellow congregant, the former Cardiff toastmaster, Harry Poloway, suggests that Mr Nathan's witnessing of the vandalism may have hastened his death. 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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