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Press Reports relating to the Bangor Jewish Community
1843 - 1959
Information within square brackets is from the compiler
Jewish Chronicle, 29 September 1843
Subscription to the JC.
Bangor, J. Aronson [In 1841 Census, jeweller] [and for several years
Jacob, 9 May 1845, page 160
Ref to I. Aaronson
Chronicle, 30 January 1852, page 135
Reference to Lewis Aronson
Chronicle, 27 February 1852, page 167
Reference to Julia Aronson
Chronicle, 22 November 1878, page 1
Death on 18 November at Bangor Villa, Beaufort Rd, Edgbaston, Maria, wife of
John Aronson, late of Bangor, aged 66. [Maria Aronson December1878 King’s Norton
Chronicle, 9 December 1881, page 1
Death on 6 December at his residence 23 Beaufort Rd, Edgbaston, John Aronson
late of Bangor in his 79th year. [Death of John Aronson December 1881 King’s
Norton 6c 249].
Chronicle, 9 March 1883, page 1
Marriage on 28 February at 21 Pembridge Villas, by Rev Dr H. Adler, Delegate
Chief Rabbi assisted by Revs I. Samuel and R. Harris, Harry L. Friedlander of 9
Warwick Avenue, London, W. and Emily youngest daughter of the late John Aronson
Chronicle, 3 February 1893, page 19
‘A service was held at Bangor, North Wales, on the 21st of January, on the
occasion of the Barmitzvah of Charles, the second son of Mr. M. Wartski, of High
Street. The service was read by the Rev. A. Rutkowski, of the Hope Place
Synagogue, Liverpool, which lent the Scroll of the Law. The Jewish inhabitants
of Bangor, writes a correspondent, hope that this will not be the last time they
will have the pleasure of meeting to hear the Law of God read, and that in the
future the congregation may be large enough to allow of their assembling in a
recognised place of worship‘.
Chronicle, 4 May 1894, page 3
‘WANTED, by the Bangor Congregation, a SHOCHET and TEACHER - Salary £40 per
annum. Apply Mr. Wartski, 21 High-street, Bangor, North Wales’.
Chronicle, 4 May 1894, page 20
‘The Bangor Jewish community held services during Passover at the residence of
Mr. Morris Wartski, 21 High Street. Mr. Wartski officiated, and was assisted by
Mr. Isidor Heiman. Mr. Joseph Bolloton read the Law. Mr. Wartski and Mr.
Aaronson [sic] are the founders of the first congregation in North Wales’.
Chronicle, 25 May 1894, page 2
‘APPEAL FOR HELP. The Members of the BANGOR HEBREW CONGREGATION appeal to the
PUBLIC for support in assisting them to obtain a place, and to furnish it as a
place of worship.
At present we have only a room, which is unsuitable for the purpose. We have
been put to a considerable expense, buying a Sepher, etc., and having engaged a
Reader and Shochet, we trust that the public who can afford, will help us in
such a worthy cause.
Subscriptions will be gratefully received (and acknowledged through the Jewish
Press) by L.H. ARONSON, Esq., President, Bank-place, Bangor; or M. WARTSKI,
Esq., Treasurer, 21, High-street, Bangor’.
Chronicle, 8 June 1894, page 2
The Bangor Congregation acknowledges contributions towards assisting in
furnishing a place of worship
Sir Samuel Montagu Bart MP 5 0 0
The Misses Samuda 5 0 0
Dennis E. Samuel Esq 4 0 0
Ellis A Franklin 2 2 0
Selim Samuel 2 2 0
Jacques Schoeps Esq Manchester 2 2 0
Messrs Barrett Wartski & Co 10 0
Chronicle, 13 July 1894, page 1
On Sunday last the Jewish inhabitants of Bangor, 14 families, ‘ who formed
themselves into a congregation some little time ago and held occasionally
services at Mr. M. Wartski’s house, consecrated a large room fitted up for
synagogue purposes in a block of flats situated in the principal part of the
town’. The special service was conducted by Rev A. Rutkovski of Liverpool and
Rev I. Simon, Minister of the South Manchester Synagogue. The synagogue was
filled by members, visitors from adjacent towns and several Christians including
the Deputy Mayor for Bangor, Alderman Dr Rowland Jones. Reference to Rev Mr
Rosenzweig, the newly-elected Reader. S.A. Cohen is Hon Sec. L. H. Aronson is
President. Mrs I Heiman presented a handsomely-embroidered white silk mantle for
Chronicle, 3 August 1894, page 3
‘The only Kosher Butcher in North Wales. Important to visitors as residents. -
JOSEPH OWEN, BUTCHER, 211, High-street, and Bodawin, BANGOR, North Wales.
Supplies prime kosher Beef, Lamb, Veal, and the celebrated Welsh Mutton.
Examined by the Rev. I. Rosenzweig, by permission of the chief Rabbi, Dr.
Chronicle, 21 September 1894, page 16
Mainly through the efforts of Mr Aaronson and M J. Wartski a synagogue has been
established in Bangor. Suitable rooms have been rented, furnished with every
convenience, and have engaged a shochet. They are anxious to establish a
schoolroom and cemetery but they cannot afford them.
Chronicle, 12 July 1895, page 22
Special general meeting of the Bangor Hebrew Congregation held. Vote of thanks
to Rev B. Spiers and Rev J. Harris for services rendered while they had a short
stay in the neighbourhood. Rev Spiers has presented and ornamental Yod. Hebrew
classes are being organized. Mr J. Rosenzweig will give instruction at the
synagogue on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and at his own home on weekdays.
Chronicle, 11 October 1895, page 17
On Sunday 6th, Rev I. Simon, being in Bangor, was asked by the Wardens, Mr
Aronson and Mr M. Wartski, to deliver a sermon. A special service was organized
and the whole congregation attended. Mincha was read by Rev J. Rosenzweig and
the sermon followed.
Chronicle, 13 December 1895, page 21
Mr G. Aaronson of San Francisco, brother of Mr L. H. Aaronson of Bangor, has
presented a silver Yod to the Bangor Hebrew Congregation.
Chronicle, 24 January 1896, page 23
‘WANTED a first-class TRAVELLER for an established drapery business to travel
North Wales; one with knowledge of the business preferred. – M. Wartski, 21
Chronicle, 4 September 1896, page 1
Fiancees. Rebecca, 2nd daughter of Rev Mr N. Lipman, 61 Mansell St,
Aldgate, to George Nisse of Bangor, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Nisse of London.
Chronicle, 25 September 1896, page 20
Mr M. Bolloten officiated gratuitously, assisted by Rev J. Rosenzweig who acted
as Baal Tokeah and Mr I. Heiman.
Chronicle, 23 October 1896, page 10
Report of court case at Bangor Police Court, 3 men were charged with causing
bodily harm to Moses Aaronson, Upper Bangor, on 9 October. Aaronson was walking
with Rutkowski and both men were assaulted after one of them called 'Here are
more Jews'. Rutkowski assaulted first, then Aaronson was knocked unconscious.
One of the accused had threatened Aaronson before this. 2 of the men were
sentenced to one month and 14 days. Third man fined 10s and costs.
Chronicle, 27 November 1898, page 1
Wedding of daughter of Rev and Mrs N, Lipman will take place at the New
Synagogue on 1 December. [George Nisse to Rebecca Lipman]
Chronicle, 14 May 1897, page 2
Mr & Mrs Wartski, 24 High St, Bangor, will be pleased to see relatives and
friends on Saturday 16 May on the occasion of their son, Harry's Bar Mitzvah.
Reception 12 till 2. [Should be Sunday 16 May]
Chronicle, 30 July 1897, page 20
On Saturday last Rev N. Lipman, Chief Shochet of London, at present staying in
Bangor, delivered a sermon at the request of the Bangor Congregation. He spoke
strongly against money lenders.
Chronicle, 13 August 1897, page 16
On Saturday last Rev Mr Lipman of London delivered a sermon in Hebrew on the
Destruction of the Temple.
Chronicle, 12 November 1897, page 30
In response to a circular letter issued by Mr Isidore Wartski a well-attended
meeting was held on Sunday at the Synagogue Vestry Room to discuss the
advisability of organising a Jewish Friendly or Benefit Society for Bangor. The
Jewish population now consists of 20 families.
Elected: Chairman Isidore Wartski; Hon Treasurer David Rubenstein; Hon Sec
Charles Wartski; Hon Collector George Benjamin; Committee Rev Jacob Rosenzweig,
Joel Barnett, Levy Mayster, Moses Aaronson.
Chronicle, 7 January 1898, page 30
The Bangor Jewish Friendly Society has engaged the services of a doctor and
surgeon, Dr Richard Jones MD whose engagement started on 1st inst. The Society
has made rapid progress and now has for its members nearly every Jew in Bangor
and neighbourhood, totalling about 19 families and 16 singles.
Chronicle, 28 January 1898, page 2
The Talmud Torah School, Manchester, acknowledges donations including one from
J. Waxman, Bangor.
Chronicle, 1 April 1898, page 31
The Bangor Jewish Friendly Society held its first quarterly General Meeting on
Sunday last. The sole expenditure has been £5, doctor's quarterly fee, and 10s
6d for chartable purposes. The doctor reported that 'his services had been
heavily taxed'. Society now numbers 26 ordinary members and 4 honorary members.
Rev J. Rosenzweig proposed that the Society should take steps to establish a
question was adjourned for 14 days to enable the proposer and others to collect
particulars, estimates and show how funds are to be realised.
Chronicle, 20 May 1898, page 26
The Chief Rabbi's Pastoral Tour. Arrived at Bangor on 12th inst, Met at the
station by the President, L.H. Aronson, Vice-President M. Wartski, Rev A.
Rutkowski (Livepool), Rev J. Rosenzweig (Bangor), Stewards (M. Aaronson, I.
Wartski, J. Bolloten and G. Benjamin).
The Chief Rabbi examined the pupils and expressed appreciation of the efforts of
the teacher, Rev J. Rosenzweig. The afternoon service was conducted by the Rev
A. Rutkowski and the evening service by Rev J, Rosenzweig. Among the
congregation was a large number of Christian ladies and gentlemen. The Chief
Rabbi was presented with an illuminated address and album containing photos of
North Wales scenery. On Friday morning he attended service at the synagogue and
delivered a short discourse in German on the week's portion.
Jewish Chronicle, 27 May 1898, page 26
At the last Board of Deputies meeting the President was authorised to certify
for the first time a secretary for marriages of the Bangor Hebrew Congregation.
Isidore Wartski is the marriage secretary.
Chronicle, 3 June 1898, page 2
The Rhyl Hebrew Congregation thanks for donations towards furnishing the Rhyl
Synagogue, Wellington. Road. Including M. Warchke [sic] Bangor.
Chronicle, 26 August 1898, page 22
On Saturday last Mr S. Alfred Adler, son of the Chief Rabbi (who is staying at
Llanfairfechan with Mrs Adler) delivered a discourse at the Bangor synagogue.
Chronicle, 7 October 1898, page 1
Fiancees. Sarah, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs I. Ginsberg of Manchester to
Abraham Shapiro of Bangor. [Marriage not found]
Chronicle, 12 May 1898, page 1
Birth on 2 May at 34 Tany Graig, Bangor, a daughter to the wife of George
Chronicle, 14 July 1899, page 37
Birth on 10 July at College View, Bangor, a daughter, to the wife of G. Nisse,
nee Rebecca Lipman ('the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. N. Lipman, London').
Chronicle, 28 July 1899, page 23
Meeting of the Executive. It was decided, in order to clear the indebtedness of
the synagogue, to hold a 'draw for prizes' and to obtain as near as £100 as
possible. The synagogue was established six years and during that time has been
self-supporting, but lately. owing to a fall in the subscription list, debts
which are now far overdue and pressing have been unavoidably incurred.
Chronicle, 4 August 1899, page 1
Birth on 26 July at 3 Farrer-raod, Bangor, of a son to the wife of Moses
Chronicle, 22 December 1899, page 26
On Friday evening Rev J. Rosenzweig gave a lecture in connection with the Menai
Literary and Scientific Society on 'The Talmud'. The chairman was Dr T. Witton
Davies, Head of the Semitics Department of University College, Bangor. He spoke
of Mr Rosenzweig's learning and of the able and successful manner in which he
had taken charge of the Hebrew Department at the University College during his
absence in Germany.
Chronicle, 19 January 1900, page 11
Letter from Isidore Wartski, Hon Sec of the Bangor Hebrew Congregation, re a
proposal by Birmingham to hold a conference of Boards of Guardians. Refers to
Subject 4 of the Birmingham proposal 'The abuse involved in sending the poor
from town to town'. Bangor has continually suffered from this. 'Poor are sent
here from Dublin, Liverpool and Manchester in particular, not with the object of
settling down at their destination...'.
Chronicle, 26 January 1900, pages 8-9
Letter from I. Wartski to clarify his letter. The poor are not sent by other
Boards of Guardians but by individuals, many holding communal positions. During
the last 4 weeks we have been visited by no less than 5 'Jewish tramps'. They
have no object in coming than to get funds. In return some offer to give a
Sabbath afternoon sermon. They are most impudent in their demands.
Chronicle, 9 February 1900, page 6
Letter from 'H. C.' complains of Wartski's letter. Re the 5 tramps in 4 weeks -
'Awful indeed! Poor, poor, Bangor! A congregation of Israelites complaining
because they have had five hungry men to feed in four weeks - that is surely
incredible and for the sake of the Bangor Congregation, who have hitherto borne
a highly respectable name among the young congregations in this country, let us
believe that Mr. Wartski alone is responsible for that amazing statement'.
Chronicle, 5 June 1900, page 1
Death on 29 May at Ostrowo, Prussia, Frau Cecilie Ziporah Callomon, mother of
Mrs Wartski and Mrs Levy of Bangor.
Chronicle, 15 June 1900, page 2
Spital Square Synagogue. By kind permission of the Wardens, Rev J. Rosenzweig of
Bangor will preach a sermon on Saturday 16 June during the morning service.
Chronicle, 27 July 1900, page 21
Rev Mr. Fassenfeld of the Princelet Synagogue conducted the services at Bangor
Chronicle, 2 November 1900, page 1
Birth on 28 November at 65 High St, Bangor, a son to the wife of George Nisse.
Chronicle, 3 January 1902, page 34
Reference to the Bangor Zionist Society formed 1900. Membership 40.
Chronicle, 19 September 1902, page 28
Alex, son of Mr & Mrs J. Barnett, 3 Victoria Park, Bangor, who 12 months ago
gained a County School Scholarship last year has won another Scholarship at the
same school, tenable for a year.
Chronicle, 3 October 1902, page 34
At the recent exam held under the Welsh Central Board of Education Miss Fanny
Bolloten of 22 College Rd, Bangor, gained the senior certificate with honours of
Latin, French, Botany, Literature, Botany, Literature and Composition.
Chronicle, 5 December 1902, page 1
Birth on 27 November at Gwynfryn, Bangor, of a son to the wife of Isidore
Chronicle, 9 January 1903, page 24
Naturalisations in December
Max Bolloten, 22 College Rd, Bangor.
Chronicle, 27 February 1903, page 1
Barmitzvah. Nathan 3rd son of Mr & Mrs B. Abrahams of 20 Spital Square, on 21
February, at Bangor Synagogue. 'Not held at home on account of Mrs. B. Abrahams
being in South Africa'.
Chronicle, 10 April 1903, page 31
Long report of marriage on 2nd inst of Joseph Sions of London to Miss Gertrude
Wartski, daughter of the President of the Bangor Congregation. Officiating
clergy were Revs S. Friedeberg BA, A. Alfred Adler and A. Rutkowski (of
Liverpool) and the Rev. J. Rosenzweig, the local minister. Six bridesmaids: Miss
Rose and Harriet Wartski (sisters), Miss L. & R. Sions (sisters of the
bridegroom) and Miss A. & L. Shapiro (of Carnarvon). Reception was at the
Bristol Hotel; over 200 guests. Presents mentioned including some from
non-Jewish friends. Among the guests were the Marquis of Anglesey, the ex-Mayor,
the Town Clerk of Bangor, and Professor T. Witton Davies of the University
College. The congregation presented an illuminated address to Morris Wartski,
father of the bride. He settled in Bangor some 20 years ago and founded the
Chronicle, 21 August 1903, page 3
'WANTED, an orthodox Jewish COOK, about 30, to take complete charge of house;
three servants kept; must have had previous experience' liberal remuneration
given; references and all particulars to Wsrtski, Bangor, Wales'.
Chronicle, 23 October 1903, page 2
Morris Wartski and family, thanks for condolences for late wife and mother.
[Death. Flora Wartski December 1903 aged 56 Bangor 11b 312]
Chronicle, 23 October 1903, page 30
Long report of death of wife of Morris Wartski and tributes to her. She was a
native of Ostrowo, Germany, and settled in Bangor 20 years ago with her family
'when the name of Jew was hardly known in the neighbourhood'. 'It was largely
due to her piety, hospitality and vigorous commonsense, that our community is
now so highly respected and Judaism in its best form is understood by our
Christian fellow-citizens'. No poor were turned away. Her funeral was on the
15th. Service was at Bangor and coffin taken to Liverpool where buried in Green
Lane Cemetery of the Hope Place Synagogue.
Chronicle, 1 January 1904, page 3
'BANGOR HEBREW CONGREGATION WANTED a MINISTER to act as Shochet, Reader, Teacher
and Baal Korah; able to give instruction according to the Chief Rabbi's Code,
and must qualify for the grant given by the Provincial Ministers' Fund; one able
to give occasional short sermons preferred; salary, £130, exclusive of
prerequisites; expenses will be refunded to successful candidates. Application,
stating age and full particulars, to M. Wartski, Lluesty, Bangor'
Chronicle, 11 November 1904, page 20
'BANGOR, North Wales. - Wanted for a few private families, a SHOCHET; must be a
good Hebrew and English teacher; must be a single man; salary £1 per week.
Apply, C. Balkin, Gwalia-villa, Sackville-road, Bangor'.
Chronicle, 18 November 1904, page 1
Death on 14 November of Myer Cohen, father of inter alia Mrs I Heiman of Bangor
Chronicle, 9 December 1904, page 25
Report says 50 Jews in Bangor
Chronicle, 12 May 1905, page 25
Rev J. Rosenzweig appointed Reader of the Belfast congregation. Born in Ravah,
Poland, his father-in-law was Rabbiner Hirsch of Conin. Arrived in England 15
years ago and soon after was appointed Minister of Bangor Congregation. Attended
lectures in English and logic at UC Bangor where in 1897 he was temporary
lecturer in Hebrew for 2 years.
Chronicle, 2 June 1905, page 2
Ref to bar mitzvah of Eli, eldest son of Mr & Mrs George Benjamin of Bangor,
Chronicle, 2 June 1905, page 34
'BANGOR (North Wales). - Furnished Apartments, board of desired, the house is
situated in the best residential part, close to pier and bridges, the most
healthy and select spot in Wales, (hot and cold baths), - Mrs.. Heiman, "Chelwood,"
Abbey-road'. [repeated 30 June 1905, page 34]
Chronicle, 23 June 1905, page 29
Rev Rosenzweig on his approaching departure for Belfast received many
expressions of the esteem in which he was held by Jews and Christians in Bangor
including the University College of Bangor.
Chronicle, 7 July 1905, page 2
Another advert for Reader, Teacher and Shochet. Salary £106
Chronicle, 24 November 1905, page 5
Reference to Rev P. Paletz, Bangor
Chronicle, 5 January 1906, page 1
Death on 28 December at her residence 30 Farrar-road , Bangor, Chan Lea
Yanpolski, wife of Shewach Yanpolski in her 51st year.
Chronicle, 2 March 1906, page 16
Marriage celebrated at St John's Wood Synagogue of Samuel Snowman and Miss Rose
Wartski, daughter of Mr and the late Mrs Morris Wartski of Bangor. Reception at
the Hotel Russell. Presentation to Morris Wartski of a handsome silver cup and
an address on vellum.
Chronicle, 27 July 1906, page 1
Birth on 19 July at Carlton House, Upper Bangor, of a son to the wife of Joseph
Bolloten (nee Betty Cohen).
Chronicle, 5 October 1906, page 31
Services at Llandudno conducted by Mr B. Ackerman and Mr Herzberg of Bangor.
Chronicle, 19 October 1906, page 38
Chatan Torah Mr J. Sions. Chatan Bereshit H. Wartski
Chronicle, 14 December 1906, page 15
Representative of Bangor at Board of Deputies given as E. Snowman
Chronicle, 5 April 1907, page 2
Advert for Shochet, Teacher and Reader. Salary £125.
Chronicle, 3 May 1907, page 27
Rev A. Levinson of London elected Reader, Teacher &c to Bangor Hebrew
Chronicle, 10 July 1908, page 1
Birth on 7 July at 'Bangor', Plympton Road, Brondesbury, of a son to Mr & Mrs
Joseph Sions [formerly of Bangor]
Chronicle, 16 July 1909, page 27
'WANTED, young lady Governess for boy (6 1/2 years); must be refined and
companionable, with full knowledge of Hebrew. Age, salary, and full particulars
to Isidore Wartski, Gwynfyn, Bangor, N. Wales'.
Chronicle, 17 September 1909, page XV
New Year Greetings
Mr & Mrs Lawrence Yanpolski of Bangor.
Chronicle, 22 October 1909, page 1
Marriage on 19 October at the Llandudno Synagogue by Revs S. Friedeberg BA and
A. Rutkowski of Liverpool and Revs A. Leveson [sic] and B. Miller (Llandudno),
Harriette daughter of Mr Morris Wartski and Emanuel Snowman.
Chronicle, 24 December 1909, page 29
'MR. MORRIS WARTSKI, jeweller of Bangor and Llandudno, waited on the King by
command, at Buckingham Palace this week, and had the honour of submitting for
his inspection several fine specimens of the goldsmith's craft, from which His
Majesty made some purchases'.
Chronicle, 11 February 1910, page 2
New member, Jacob Levinson of Bangor
Chronicle, 30 September 1910, page XXIX
New Year Greetings
Rev & Mrs B. Paletz, Bristol. Greetings to their congregation and 'their last
Chronicle, 30 September 1910, page XXX
New Year Greetings
Mr & Mrs P. Pollecoff, Morningtin House, Bangor.
Chronicle, 7 October 1910, page 2
Mr & Mrs Lewis Mendelssohn of Sackville St, Bangor.
Chronicle, 16 December 1910, page 12
Bangor. Meeting of the Hebrew Literary Society was held on Sunday. I. Wartski in
chair. Mr E. Snowman of Llandudno read a paper on 'Zionism'. Several members
took part in discussion - Messrs Barnet, Western, Reuben, E. Reuben, and J.
Carmel. Decided to join the Union of Jewish Literary Societies.
Chronicle, 13 January 1911, page 15
Rev A. Levinson of Bangor has been elected 2nd Chazan to the Hebrew
Congregation, Graham St, Edinburgh.
Chronicle, 27 January 1911, page 14
Meeting of Bangor Hebrew Literary Society, I Wartski in chair. Professor T.
Witton Davies read a paper on 'Hebrew Poetry' on Biblical poetry and compared
Hebrew and Welsh poetry. After the meeting the chairman, as President of
the congregation, bade farewell to Rev Levinson.
Chronicle, 10 February 1911, page 2
'BANGOR HEBREW CONGREGATION WANTED, a Teacher, Reader and Shochet. Applications
from superior gentlemen, able to obtain the grant from the Provincial Ministers'
Fund, will alone be considered. Full particulars and copies of testimonials to
be forwarded, in first instance, to R. Levy, Hon. Secretary, 30 Farrar-road,
Bangor, North Wales'.
Chronicle, 24 February 1911, page 13
Meeting of Hebrew Literary Society. Paper read by Mr W. Hew Rowland, Town Paper
on 'Some Points on the Criminal snd Civil Law of the Pentateuch'. Mr Rowland and
Professor T. Witton Davies elected honorary members.
Chronicle, 10 March 1911, page 14
Meeting of Hebrew Literary Society. Rev H.B. Lewis of Manchester read a paper on
Chronicle, 31 March 1911, page 21
Meeting of Hebrew Literary Society. Mr M.E. Lange, Treasurer of the Union of
Literary Societies delivered a lecture on 'Palestine'.
Jewish Chronicle, 7 April 1911, page 2
'BANGOR. - Wanted, a Teacher, Shochet and Reader; applications will only be
considered from gentlemen able to obtain the grant from the Provincial Ministers
Fund. Bangor offers exceptional opportunities to a really capable man; salary,
exclusive of perquisites, £130, which includes a grant of £52. Supply with full
particulars and copies of testimonials to
Gwynfoya [sic], Bangor, N.W.'
Chronicle, 12 May 1911, page 13
Rev D.I. Devons of Blackburn has been elected Minister of Bangor congregation.
He received his early education at the Yeshivot of Wilna and Eishishok (Russia).
Came to England in 1902 and in same year elected minister at York. In 1901
called to Blackburn where as well as at York he did good ministerial work
especially in the Hebrew Classes. He is aged 30 and 'contemplates taking
advantage of the University at Bangor'. He is a nephew of Rabbi Salis Daiches of
Chronicle, 30 June 1911, page 17
Meeting of the Jewish Dispersion Committee. Mr J. E. Blank, Secretary, 'reported
that he had several applications for Jewish artisans from the Provinces, which
he had been unable to fill. An opening for a ladies' tailor at Bangor had been
lost for this reason'.
Chronicle, 13 October 1911, page 20
Mr & Mrs M. Rosen have presented to the synagogue a handsome mantle for the
Chronicle, 27 October 1911, page 31
Meeting of the Council of the Union of Jewish Literary Societies.. It was
reported that a new Study Circle has been formed at Bangor to which the Union
has supplied books.
Chronicle, 12 January 1912, page 24
Letter from Isidore Wartski. Says that while registering the first Jewish
wedding held at Carnarvon the other day he came across a Charter given to the
borough on the creation of the first Prince of Wales, Edward 1, in 1284. 'Jews
shall not at any time dwell in the said borough'. Charter was confirmed by
subsequent sovereigns down to Elizabeth 1559.
There are some four or five families numbering a dozen or so Jews in Carnarvon
Chronicle, 12 Januay 1912, page 32
Marriage at Carnarvon, W. Crystall and Miss P. Goldman [Marriage. Pauline
Goldman March 1912 Bangor 11b 143 and William Crystal]
Chronicle, 19 January 1912, page 1
Death on 12 January at Rhyl of Edward youngest son of late Joseph Harris of
Liverpool, brother of (inter alia) Mrs I. Wartski of Bangor.
Chronicle, 16 February 1912, page 31
Meeting of Study Circle. Rev D. I. Devons, the leader, gave outlines of these
subjects: 'Little St Hugh of Lincoln', 'The attitude of Henry III towards the
Jews', and 'De Montfort's Rebellion and its Effects upon the Jews'.
Chronicle, 29 March 1912, page 23
Concluding meeting of Study Circle. R. Levy read paper on 'The Removal of the
Jewish Disabilities in England and some of its Heroes'.
Chronicle, 4 October 1912, page 29
Presentation made to Mr Reuben Levy on leaving for Oxford [University].
Presentation was token of esteem for his work as secretary of the congregation
and of the Literary Society.
Chronicle, 1 November 1912, page 20
Last Sunday Dr Salis Daiches of Sunderland delivered inaugural addrress of the
literary session of the Hebrew Literary Society on 'Judaism as a Philosophy of
Chronicle, 10 January 1913, page 28
Dr Asher Cohen of Edinburgh has been appointed House Surgeon to the Royal
Chronicle, 11 July 1913, page 27
Reference to P. Pollecoff being Bangor's representative at Board of Deputies.
Chronicle, 16 January 1914, page 25
Meeting of Study Circle. Devons gave talk on 'The Sopheric Age'
Chronicle, 13 March 1914, page 24
Study Circle. Devons read paper of 'The Last Hasmonean Kings and the Three
Parties in Judah'.
Chronicle, 8 May 1914, page 32
Death of Charles, son of Morris Wartski after 'long suffering extending over
eighteen years'. Died aged 34. Had accident as youth and ill since then. But
took interest in communal affairs of Bangor and Llandudno. Buried at Green Lane
Chronicle, 22 May 1914, page 24
At a public meeting under auspices of the local branch of the RSPCA to consider
the question of the establishment of a public abattoir in Bangor a local butcher
who purveys kosher meat to the congregation 'expressed himself in unkindly terms
against Shechita'. But the main speaker was not antagonistic towards Shechita.
Rev Devons took up challenge with a strong letter to the local Press. 'The
Congregation has since dispensed with the services of the butcher referred to
Chronicle, 28 August 1914, page 13
Isidore Wartski has offered the extensive resources of his workroom and machines
- wit the services of the fitters, workers, etc to the number of 50 -to the
Bangor Women's Patriotic Guild, free of cost.
Chronicle, 29 January 1915, page 2
Silver wedding. On 9 February 1890 at the New Synagogue, Cheetham, Manchester,
Hyman Reuben to Rebecca Maritzki. Address: 12 Darrar-road, Bangor.
Chronicle, 5 March 1915, page 21
Purim social held in aid of the Relief Fund for the Jews in Poland. £13 13s
raised. [Many subsequent contributions to relief funds]
Jewish Chronicle, 28 May 1915, page 2
Death on 12 May of Beatrice wife of Lewis Mendelssohn, 26 Sackville Street,
Chronicle, 15 October 1915, page 20
Annual meeting of congregation. H. Reuben and Z. Levitas elected President and
Chronicle, 24 November 1916, page 37
Inaugural meeting of the Study Circle. Rev Devons lectured on 'Judea at the Rise
Chronicle, 5 January 1917, page 2
Death on 30 December at Llandudno of Leah, wife of L. H. Aronson, formerly of
Chronicle, 5 January 1917, page 17
'A successful concert was held recently at a Bangor picturedrome in aid of the
Fund for the Relief of the Jewish Victims of the War in Russia. The concert was
organised by Mr. and Mrs. H. Meyers and realised £20 5s 7d'.
Chronicle, 12 January 1917, page 19
At a meeting of the Study Circle Rev Devons read a paper on 'Rabbi Jochanan ben
Chronicle, 22 January 1917, page 23
At a meeting of the Study Circle Rev Devons read a paper on 'The Last Struggle
Chronicle, 16 February 1917, page 24
At a meeting of the Study Circle Rev Devons read a paper on 'Rabbi Meir'.
Chronicle, 16 Janaury 1918, page 13
Services for soldiers stationed at Carnarvon held at Bangor synagogue.
Chronicle, 2 August 1918, page 19
Advert. Vacancy for gentleman to act as Reader, Shochet and Teacher.
Chronicle, 6 September 1918, page 31
Rev D.I. Devons, newly-appointed at Coventry, was installed on Sabbath last.
Chronicle, 29 November 1918, page 2
Death of Zorach Levitas.
Chronicle, 29 November 1918, page 22
‘Death has at last laid its hand on the small Community at Bangor. From the time
of its inception, some thirty years, it now suffers the loss for the first time
of one of its members'. Mr. Z. Levitas, a diligent supporter of all that is best
in the life of a miniature congregation – at one time one of its officials –
will be more than missed. His genial spirit and intellectual understanding made
his companionship a pleasant one. A short sermon was delivered in the house by
the Rev. Mr. Grayewsky. – From J.W.’
[Note: In fact there were at least 3 earlier deaths in Bangor:
Rose Lilian Aronson September 1884 aged 0 Bangor 11b 318
Flora Wartski December 1903 aged 56 Bangor 11b 312
Chao [sic] Lea Yanpolski December 1905 aged 81 Bangor 11b 320]
Chronicle, 17 January 1919, page 23
'Political Post for Bangor Jews'
Mr Reuben Levi [sic] appointed to a poliitical post in Bagdad at £800 p.a. Son
of a Bangor Jew in humble circumstances. Is only 27 years old. Introduced
to Hebrew and Semitics by Rev Rosenzweig.
Chronicle, 27 February 1920, page 2
Death of Harris Levy on 20 February at 30 Farra Road, Bangor. [Father of Reuben
Chronicle, 23 April 1920, page 3
Advert for Shochet, Teacher, Reader and Mohel. Salary £5 per week.
[Repeated 16 July 1920, page 2]
Chronicle, 22 October 1920, page 24
Reference to difficulty of provincial communities in obtaining ministers. New
one at Bangor is Mr Ticktin.
Notes from JC on its last years
Jewish Chronicle, 4 January 1952, page 14
At a tea following Chanucah service at Llandudno, regret expressed at closing of
the Bangor synagogue
Chronicle, 18 June 1954, page 30
Death of Elie Reuben ‘a member of one of the few remaining Jewish families in
Bangor, North Wales’.
Chronicle, 3 February 1956, page 13
Death in Belfast of John Ross ne Jacob Rosenzweig, sometime minister of Bangor
and then Belfast where he was minister until Great War then went into commerce]
Chronicle, 2 January 1959, page 14
‘Now Bangor, like so many other small communities, has no official, no regular
services, and no religion classes. The synagogue still exists and is being used
for an occasional kaddish’.
Letter from Isidore Wartski, Derwen Deg, Bangor.
(1) Isidore Wartski was Mayor of Bangor in 1939
(2) From 1950s onwards most entries in JC re Bangor are notices of deaths
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