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Press Reports relating to the Doncaster Jewish Community
Compiled by Harold
Jewish Chronicle, 17 July 1905 page 19
Reference to the continuing Jewish settlement at
Doncaster but no spiritual provision for them.
Jewish Chronicle, 6 April 1906 page 35
Mr Samuel Morris aged 34 has resided in Doncaster
for 20 years. There are four Jewish families in Doncaster.
Jewish Chronicle, 14 March 1913 page 25
The Rev. P. Chazen, of Edinburgh, has been
unanimously elected Reader and Shochet of the Doncaster Congregation, and has
already taken up his duties’.
[First located mention of a congregation in Doncaster]
Jewish Chronicle, 24 October 1913 page 7
[Ref to Board of Deputies]
‘An application from Doncaster for certification of a
First Marriage Secretary …’
Jewish Chronicle, 31 October 1913 page
In list of Chatan Torah and Chatan Bereshith
mention of the ‘Doncaster United Hebrew Congregation’
Jewish Chronicle, 29 May 1914 page 24
The annual meeting of the United Hebrew
Congregation was held on Sunday. The following were elected: Messrs. H.Schapiro,
Warden; S. Russbaum, President; L. Scowlowitz [sic] Treasurer; M. Kletz, Hon.
Secretary; L.G. Harris, M. Fine, H. Harris, H. Levy, and J. Wynne, Committee.
Jewish Chronicle, 26 June 1914 page 32
[Re Leeds Old Hebrew Congregation]Arrangements have been made between this
congregation and the newly-formed congregation at Doncaster whereby the former
are granting burial facilities in their cemetery at Gildersome. A similar
arrangement existed with Bradford until the congregation acquired a site of its
own, and is still in operation with the York Congregation.
Jewish Chronicle, 17 December 1920 page
DONCASTER HEBREW CONGREGATION
WANTED. Shochet, Teacher. Salary £4 per week; apply in
confidence, Hon. Sec. Dolphin Chambers, [illegible] - place, Doncaster
Jewish Chronicle, 29 October 1920 page
Councillor Samuel Morris nominated Mayor of
Doncaster. Born Sheffield has lived in Doncaster 35 years. For 15 years involved
in municipal work. A director of Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd and several
theatres, picture-houses and other concerns.
Jewish Chronicle, 6 May 1921 page 2
Notice of death of Hyman Schapiro on 2 May 1921 at
his residence, ‘Redwood’, Thorne Road, Doncaster.
Jewish Chronicle, 13 May 1921 page 12
Obituary of Hyman Schapiro. Founder of the
congregation and its President until the time of his death. Funeral at Leeds
Jewish Chronicle, 4 September 1925 page
Obituary of Mr L. Srolowitz, aged 71. A founder of
Doncaster synagogue and has been Treasurer since its inception. Settled in
Doncaster over 30 years ago. Together with late Mr Schapiro established the
synagogue and founded the Hebrew Classes.
Jewish Chronicle, 28 November 1930
The Jewish Social Club was officially opened on Sunday
by Mrs S. Morris. The chairman of the Club is Harry Morris; those responsible
for the entertainment were Mr I. V. Barder, Hon. Sec., and Mr S. M. Kirsch.
[But see entry for 1 November 1940]
Jewish Chronicle, 1 March 1940 page 21
‘Last Sunday evening the newly formed Jewish
Ladies’ Knitting Guild held its first “social” at the residence of Mr and Mrs C.
M. Rosenberg. The sum of £20 was raised for the Red Cross Fund’.
Jewish Chronicle, 1 November 1940 page
The Jewish Social Club was formed a few months ago
by Mrs M. Rosenberg.
Jewish Chronicle, 31 March 1944 page 15
Obituary of Mr H. Harris, a founder of the
Doncaster Jewish community, and has held office as Treasurer and Collector.
Jewish Chronicle, 27 June 1947 page 3
Memorial stone for the late Joseph Metchick will be
consecrated at Rose Hill Cemetery, Doncaster, on 6 July 1947.
[First mention of this cemetery. Presumably a Jewish one. Also mentioned in
entry for 8 September 1995]
Jewish Chronicle, 8 December 1950
Obituary of Samuel Morris who died on Saturday
night in Leeds aged 79. Mayor of Doncaster 1920 and 1937. Freedom of the city.
Public career began 1904 when elected to Balby-with-Hexthorpe Urban Council,
which became part of Doncaster borough in 1914. Retained membership of council
until 1945. A brother of Lord Morris of Kenwood and of Alderman Hyman Morris of
Leeds (who was Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1942).
Jewish Chronicle, 8 July 1955 page 18
Report of annual meeting of the Sheffield and
District Jewish Representative Council. ‘A grant was … to be made to the
Doncaster community, who were appealing for funds to establish their own
Jewish Chronicle, 25 December 1956 page
‘The [Doncaster Free] Church was lent to the
Jewish community for the Holy-days’.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 February 1956 page
The annual general meeting was held in the new
Jewish Chronicle, 30 January 1959 page 5
Report to Board of Deputies on Small Communities - ‘Some of their problems’
‘DONCASTER. Mr M. Puckatch. In our synagogue, built
after the last war, we hold services on Friday evenings. We have 25 children
under the age of 14 but no permanent teacher. There is no prospect of a resident
Jewish Chronicle, 30 December 1960 page
‘HELPING THE SMALL COMMUNITIES
The Communal Rabbi of Sheffield, Rabbi Isaac Chait, and
the Rev. Stanley Brickman visited the Doncaster Community last week
Rabbi Chait, preaching at the Synagogue, Canterbury
Road, commended the local community on their efforts to preserve their co-operate (sic)
Jewish life, even though this entailed sacrifice and hardship.’
Jewish Chronicle, 17 November 1967 page
‘Doncaster to be “adopted”
‘The tiny Jewish community of Doncaster is to be
“adopted” by the New Central Vilna Synagogue, Leeds.
The Doncaster Hebrew Congregation, with some 50 members, will be regularly
visited by a Hebrew teacher to ensure that the children of the community receive
Jewish education. Through the New Central Vilna regular supplies of kosher meat
and poultry will be delivered to homes in Doncaster’.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 November 1967 page
‘Doncaster explains “adoption”
‘Embarrassment has been caused in Doncaster and Sheffield by
last week’s report that the Doncaster Jewish community is to be “adopted” by a
Pointing out that for many years the local Hebrew
congregation has been under the “umbrella” of the Sheffield Hebrew Congregation,
Mr. M. Escovitz the hon. Secretary of Doncaster, said that the continued
existence of the community was in jeopardy because so many of its families had
left to live in Leeds.
While they were grateful to their friends in Sheffield
who had attended to their requirements for kashrut and education, Mr. Escovitz
said that it was with relief and pleasure that they accepted the offer of the
New Central Vilna Synagogue, Leeds, to take an active part in their communal
affairs. It was thus felt that thereby it would no longer be necessary for
people to leave Doncaster in order to seek Jewish activities.
Rabbi Isaac Chait, of Sheffield, said that the report
caused “amazement and consternation” locally. For the past 15 years, he said,
the Sheffield community had sent a shochet and teacher every week to Doncaster
and he himself had conducted services on special occasions, such as the
consecration of the synagogue and social club in 1955 [sic]. Moreover, from time
to time children of the Doncaster community has been going to Sheffield for
extra tuition and britzka.
Until the report appeared last week, said Rabbi Chait,
he had no knowledge that any such move was planned’.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 November 1970 page
Obituary of Maurice Puckatch, president of the
Doncaster Hebrew Congregation, aged 79.
He arrived in Doncaster from his native Hull after
World War I. He was one of the founder-members of the synagogue consecrated in
1956. He was president for over 40 years.
Jewish Chronicle, 23 July 1971 page 31
Obituary of Max Kletz aged 84. He was a
founder-member of the congregation. He was a direct descendant of the Vilna
Gaon. Treasurer and President of the Congregation for several years and he
conducted a major part of the services at the High Festivals.
Jewish Chronicle, 7 May 1976 page 18
Reference to the Doncaster Jewish Cemetery.
Jewish Chronicle, 23 April 1979 page 8
The tiny Doncaster community donated an ambulance
for Israel through the Leeds Young Friends of Magen David Adom.
Jewish Chronicle, 23 April 1979 page 22
Mr Sidney Furman, for eight years president of the
Doncaster Hebrew Congregation, has died aged 76. He went to Doncaster from Hull
53 years ago and was very active in raising funds to build the Doncaster
Synagogue. He served the community unstintingly, particularly as chairman of the Chevra Kadisha.
Jewish Chronicle, 22 June 1979 page 11
“The United Hebrew Congregation has received a gift of
£1,000 from the Doncaster Hebrew Congregation, following the decision of the
Doncaster community, now reduced to six families, to end its life as a separate
In a letter to Mr Maurice Lewis, President of the
Sheffield congregation, they wrote, ‘This congregation has reluctantly resolved
after many years of fruitful activities that the point has been reached where
dissolution should take place. The Synagogue has been sold and the
Congregation’s material assets have been consolidated.
… Out of the funds which are now being distributed, a
gift of £6,000 has been made to Sheffield’s Hillel House.”
Jewish Chronicle, 7 September 1979 page
‘The Sheffield community is to have an archives
room, thanks to the generosity of the Doncaster community, whose recent donation
to the United Sheffield Hebrew Congregation will enable them to go ahead with
the project … The room will be known as the Doncaster Room.’.
Jewish Chronicle, 7 September 1979 page
Report of laying of foundation stone of the
Doncaster Hebrew Congregation Wing at Sheffield’s Hillel House by Mr Mandy
Morris, chairman of Doncaster Hebrew Congregation and Mr Michael Escovitz,
Morris said the congregation had begun in late 19th
century with 2 families, including his grandfather, and had increased to 50
Jewish Chronicle, 9 November 1979 page
Opening of Doncaster Hebrew Congregation Wing of
Sheffield Hillel House.
Jewish Chronicle, 11 September 1981 page
Sheffield has benefited further from gifts from the
nearby Doncaster community. Amounts of £500 and £1,500 respectively have been
given to the Burial Association and Hillel House.
Jewish Chronicle, 8 September 1995 page
Memorial stone for Naomi (nee Bergman of Hull),
wife of late Chaim Meyer Rosenberg of Doncaster, will be consecrated at the
Rosehill cemetery, Doncaster, on September 17.
Jewish Chronicle, 11 September 1998 page
Profile of Boris Schapiro, bridge player. Family
emigrated to Doncaster. ‘They owned a horse business and it was above the
unlikely setting of a stable that his great-uncle Hyman Schapiro built
Doncaster’s first synagogue’.
Jewish Chronicle, 27 December 2002 page
Obituary of Boris Schapiro. Born 1909. Fled Riga
after the 1917 revolution and came to Doncaster, the birthplace of Boris’s
father where a branch of the family business was long established. ‘Boris’s
grandfather, Hyman, founded the synagogue in Doncaster in the early 19th
century [sic] and another family member became mayor’.
[Notice difference from 1998 entry]
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