Jewish Chronicle, 28 July 1882, page 1
Marriage on 26 July at the synagogue of the Glasgow New Hebrew Congregation, 2
Commercial Street, Glasgow, of John Barnett, 42 Roeburgh Street, Greenock, to
Isabella Stepman of Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 9 March 1883, page 12
At a Soirée of members of the Second Hebrew Congregation in Glasgow.
‘Jews were to be found now in various parts of Scotland, such as Edinburgh,
Greenock, Dumfries, Aberdeen, and even as far north as Inverness’.
Jewish Chronicle, 29 September 1893,
Mr S.Abrahams, Greenock. Contribution to the Glasgow Jewish Board of Guardians.
*Jewish Chronicle, 2 November 1894, page 19
‘The six Jewish families in Greenock succeeded in holding a minyan during the
recent festivals. The services were held in a small hall on the New Year and the
Day of Atonement, and during Tabernacles in a room lent by Mr. Abrahams. Mr
Spilk, of Glasgow, officiated. Mr Jackson was chasan Torah and Mr Blint chasan
provided, 31 March 2008, by Joe Ross, the great grandson of Mr. Spilk (usually
spelt Spilg). Mr. Gershon Spilg obtained jobs as a chasan and a shocket.
Following this temporary role he settled in Greenock for a number of years and
had a family there and (it is believed) continued to work as a chasan and a
Jewish Chronicle, 24 February 1899, page 35
Advert for kosher sugar for Pesach by Messrs A. Levy, Wholesale Grocers and
Sugar ‘manufactured by the Glebe Sugar Refinery Co. Greenock, Under the Special
Supervision of the Revs. J. Bridge and A. Canter, of Glasgow.’
Jewish Chronicle, 4 July 1902, page 1
Birth on 29 June at 1 Lyle Street, Greenock, a son toe wife of Emmanuel Edwards,
nee Fanny Templinski.
Jewish Chronicle, 8 December 1905, page 35
General meeting of members held in the Synagogue Chambers for the election of
officers. Rev I. Tiemianka presided. Elected: S. Greenbaum, President; M.
Morris, Vice-President; H. Banks, Treasurer; Rev I. Tiemianka, Hon Sec. E.
Jackson, P. Jacobs, A. Freedman, and I. Blumberg, Committee.
Under the auspices of Mr Handleman of Glasgow, a meeting was held at the house
of W. Woolf when a Zionist Society was established under the name Bnei Zion.
These were elected: J. Greenbaum, President; M. Blumberg [sic], Treasurer; A.
Waze, Hon Sec; A’ Levy, Trustee. Committee: Handleman, W. Woolf, Fogerson [sic],
J.Woolf, M. Etzman, A. Woolf.
Jewish Chronicle, 29 December 1905, page 31
N Sunday a service was held in the Terrace Road Hall, conducted by Rev M.
Tremianka [sic] who delivered an address. Mr J. Hastie showed a ‘series of
limelight views illustrating notable events in Jewish history’.
Jewish Chronicle, 2 March 1906, page 28
Public meetings will be held on the Second National Fund Day (March 11th) at,
inter alia, Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 30 March 1906, page 36
Half-yearly meeting of Bnei Zion held in the Committee Room. Mr Bloomberg [sic],
Hon Treasurer, read the balance sheet which was adopted. Elected: H. Handleman
(Glasgow), Hon President; Rev I. Tiemianka, President;W. Woolf and N. Stein,
Vice-Presidents; R. Fogelson [sic], Treasurer; E. Edwards Hon Sec. H. Banks and
M. Morris, Auditors; A. Levy and M. Cominski, Trustees; and a Committee of 8.
Jewish Chronicle, 5 October 1906, page 31
Holyday services were conducted by Rev I. Tiemianka and E. Balkind of Glasgow.
Jewish Chronicle, 7 December 1906, page 34
Negotiations have been carried on for some time between Rev I. Tiemianka and the
local authorities regarding a plot of land to be used as a Jewish cemetery. Now
brought to a successful conclusion and Mr Tiemianka has received official
notification that his request has been granted.
Chronicle, 14 December 1906, page 37
Last Sunday a meeting was held under the auspices of the Greenock Bnei Zion. Rev
I. Tiemianka presided.
Elected: Rev I. Tiemanka, Hon President, I. Hyman, President, E. Blumberg,
Vice-President, J. Wolfe, Treasurer, M. Etzman, Secretary.
Jewish Chronicle, 21 December 1906, page 1
Fiance. Mattie, only child of Mr and Mrs E. Jackson, 11 Roxburgh Street
Greenock, to Jacob, son of Mr and Mrs A. Greenberg, Glasgow.
Jewish Chronicle, 21 December 1906, page 37
Special Chanucah service held on Sunday at the Orange Hall. Rev I. Tiemianka
Hymns were rendered by children of the Hebrew classes. Miss Jackson presided at
Jewish Chronicle, 7 June 1907, page 28
Visit by the Chief Rabbi. He was met at the Central Station by the President, P.
Jacobs, and Rev I. Tiemianka. Had dinner at home of Mr and Mrs Edwards. In the
afternoon there was a service in the Shepherd’s Hall, including members of the
Rev I.Tiemianka conducted the service and the Chief Rabbi gave a sermon.
‘Mr. Tiemanka thanked the Corporation on behalf of the Congregation for the
kindness and goodwill shown towards them in the past, and expressed the hope
that the spirit of love and brotherhood would continue amongst all classes
without distinction of creed or race’.
Rev S. Adler assisted the Chief Rabbi in examining the children and Dr Adler
expressed himself highly satisfied with their efficiency and distributed prizes.
‘Later a meeting was held at which Dr. Adler presided, and settled some
differences which had arisen in connection with communal matters’.
Jewish Chronicle, 19 June 1908, page 26
Rev Mr Tiemianka, ‘late of Greenock’ . . . ‘engaged as assistant teacher to the
classes’ at the Queen’s Park Hebrew Congregation.
Jewish Chronicle, 22 September 1911, page 1
Death on 18 September at 51 Rue End Street, Samuel Abrams, husband of Miriam.
Jewish Chronicle, 13 October 1911, page 10
Chatan Torah E. Blumberg
Chatan Bereshith D. Levy
Jewish Chronicle, 28 August 1914, page 2
The tombstone in memory of Samuel Abrams will be consecrated in the Hebrew
portion of the Greenock Cemetery on August 30.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 August 1915, page 21
Fund for Distressed Polish Jews.
Collected at bar mitzvah of Jack Edwards, Greenock, £2.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 October 1915, page 1
Fannie, 2nd daughter of Mr and Mrs N. Fletcher of Glasgow, to Robert, eldest son
of late Mr and Mrs Shenken of Greenock and eldest grandson of Mrs B. Shenken,
Jewish Chronicle, 2 June 1916, page 21
At Brit held at residence of Mr and Mrs A. Levy of Greenock 3 guineas collected
for the Jewish War Victims’ Fund and those present promised weekly
contributions. And 3 guineas were also collected for the Glasgow Jewish Board of
Jewish Chronicle, 1 September 1916, page 14
Inquiries for lost relations.
Miss Izickson, refugee from Kovno, enquires for B. D. Isaacs, late of 26 Toledo
Chronicle, 22 September 1916 New Year Greetings, page 38
1. Mr R.Shenken, 43 Vennel, Greenock.
2. Dr Isaac, Israel and Louis Shenken, Royal Field Artillery, and Peter Shenken,
43 Vennel, Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 10 November 1916, page 12
Fund for Russian Jewish War Victims. Collected by Mr E. Ferguson at Bris Milah
of son of Mr and Mrs M. Brown. £3.0.0
Jewish Chronicle, 20 April 1918, page 3
Fund for Russian Jewish War Victims. Greenock Hebrew Congregation £10.4.6
Jewish Chronicle, 22 June 1917, page 12
Services for Jewish soldiers. The Synagogue, Greenock, Rev M. [sic] Morris.
Jewish Chronicle, 27 July 1917, page 12
Services for Jewish soldiers. Cathcart Street Synagogue, Greenock. Rev B. Morris
Jewish Chronicle, 10 August 1917, page 14
Services for Jewish soldiers. 27 Cathgart [sic] Street, Greenock. Rev B. Morris
Jewish Chronicle, 7 September 1917, page 15
Services for Jewish soldiers. Greenock Synagogue. Rev B.Morris.
Jewish Chronicle, 4 October 1918, page 1
Birth of son on 27 September at 41 Cathcart Street, Greenock, to Mr and Mrs
Emanel M.Cohen (nee Beckie Henes).
Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette, 4 October 1918, page 4
Pte Ben Freedman, The Black Watch, son of Mr. A. Freedman, 16 Bank Street, has
been admitted to hospital, gassed. Wounded twice before.
Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette, 23 October 1918, page 2
Pte Ernest Freedman, Machine Gun Corps, Killed in action 29 September. Agent
with Pearl Assurance Co. Wife lives at 29 West Blackhall Street.
Two other brothers have made the supreme sacrifice.
They were Pte Joseph Freedman, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, and who is
commemorated on his father’s tombstone in Greenock Cemetery, and Pte Mark
Freeman [sic] of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Ernest and Mark married non-Jewish women and so were not commemorated on their
Jewish Chronicle, 21 February 1919, page 1
Betrothal. Hetty, 3rd daughter of Mr and Mrs S. Markson, Glasgow, late of Hull,
to David, eldest son of Mrs and the late Mr S. Abrams, of Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 19 September 1919 New Year Greetings, page xii
Mrs Abrams and family, 49 Rue End Street, Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 27 June 1919, page 25
Conference under the auspices of the Scottish Zionist Council in connection with
the campaign in Scotland for the New Zionist Restoration Fund. Includes
delegates from EDINBURGH, Ayr and Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 12 November 1920, page 1
Birth of daughter on 5 November at 4 Finnart Street, to Mr and Mrs A. Matthews
(nee Rose Hart, Blackpool).
Jewish Chronicle, 23 April 1920, page 1
Betrothal. Jeanie, 2nd daughter of Mr and Mrs Freedman, 16 Bank Street,
Greenock, to Jack, eldest son of the late Mr Blint and Mrs Blint, Glasgow.
Jewish Chronicle, 4 March 1921, page 20
The first Zionist meeting held in Greenock for the last 18 years took place last
week at the Temperance Institute. Mr David Adams presided. Appals were made for
Keren Hayesod and about £150 raised. Agreed that other members of the community
should be canvassed and a regular system of collection be arranged.
Jewish Chronicle, 25 March 1921, page 1
Death on 20 March at 48 Apsley Place, Glasgow, the residence of her daughter,
Miriam, widow of the late Samuel Abrams of Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 10 June 1921, page 1
Betrothal. Dora, youngest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Abrams of 51 Rue End
Street, Greenock, to Alec Silverstein of Glasgow.
Jewish Chronicle, 26 August 1921, page 2
Marriage. On 17 August at the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, Leeds, Rachel, eldest
daughter of Mrs J. Levi and the late Mr. J. M. Levi of Leeds, to Benjamin, 3rd
son of the late Mr and Mrs Abrams of Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 16 December 1921, page 42
At Brit Milah of son of Mr Goldman of Greenock £7.11.6 collected. £2 each to
Jewish Sufferers in Russia, the Glasgow Jewish Board of Guardians, and the
Jewish Convalescent Home, Slamannan, and £1.11.6 to Greenock Hospital.
Jewish Chronicle, 14 April 1922, page 2
Tombstone in memory of Miriam Abrams of Greenock will be consecrated at Riddrie
Cemetery on April 16.
Jewish Chronicle, 6 April 1923, page 1
Birth. On 26 March, a son, in Glasgow to Mr and Mrs Alex Silverstein (nee Dora
Jewish Chronicle, 26 September 1924 New Year Greetings, page xx
Mr and Mrs David Adams of Glasgow and Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 January 1925, page 26
Sarah Temple of 16 Bearhope Street, Greenock, passed 1st class the Primary
Examination for pianoforte of the London College of Music.
Jewish Chronicle, 3 September 1926, page 2
Death on 28 August of Dora, wife of Alex Silverstein of Glasgow [nee Dora Abrams
of Greenock]. Sister of Mrs J. Sharman of Houston, Texas, Mrs L. Haase, Glasgow,
Mr D. Adams and Mr M. Adams of Greenock, and Mr B. Abram of Leeds.
Jewish Chronicle, 17 May 1927, page 1
Death of Walter Wolfe, Glasgow, brother of Joseph Wolfe, 17 West Blackhall
Jewish Chronicle, 5 April 1929, page 2
Death of Leah Hart, Blackpool, mother of Rosie Mrs Arthur Matthews, 40 Robertson
Jewish Chronicle, 14 November 1930, page 27
Mr David Adams, a native of Greenock, where there are only 5 families, was
returned for one of the wards in the recent municipal elections. He lives in
Jewish Chronicle, 30 October 1931, page 1
Engagement. Arthur, eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs Bernard (Stall( Latter, 5
Sandringham Terrace, Greenock, to Paula, eldest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs
Simon Taurff of Glasgow.
Jewish Chronicle, 16 June 1933, page 38
The Scottish Council of Jewish Youth Organisations has been formed. 28
organisations in various towns, including Greenock, are represented on the
Jewish Chronicle, 17 November 1933, page 34
Mr David Adams has been successful in the municipal elections in Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 22 November 1935, page 40
‘Dean of Guild’ David Adams was appointed unanimously one of the Baillies of
Greenock. The only Jew in Scotland to hold this high honour. He is also Trustee
of the Greenock Harbour Trust and a member of the Public Library Committee.
At present there are about 7 Jewish families in Greenock. A few years ago there
was a thriving community.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 January 1936, page 2
Death on 16 January of Harold Lionel, aged 9, only son of Mr and Mrs Arthur
Matthews, 40 Robertson Street, Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 4 June 1937, page 1
Engagement. Gertrude, daughter of Mr and Mrs Kaminsky, 47 Brougham Street,
Greenock, to Harry, only son of Mr and Mrs M. Balon, Giffnock, Renfrewshire.
Jewish Chronicle, 1 October 1937, page 27
The Glasgow Commission of the JNF has recently extended its activities to other
West of Scotland areas, such as Ayr and Greenock where there are small numbers
of Jewish families.
Jewish Chronicle, 17 February 1939, page 1
Engagement. Lilian, daughter of Mr and Mrs M. Kaminsky, 47 Brougham Street,
Greenock, to David, son of Mr and Mrs Cowan of Glasgow.
Jewish Chronicle, 2 February 1940, page 1
Engagement. Rose, daughter of Mr and Mrs M. Brown, 6 Wellington Street,
Greenock, to Abraham, 3rd son of Mr and Mrs Z. Simon of Belfast.
Jewish Chronicle, 30 August 1940, page 16
Pte Norman H. Cohen, of the New Zealand Regiment has visited Glasgow where his
parents lived before emigrating to New Zealand 17 years ago. He was born in
Greenock. His great great great grandfather, Isaac Cohen was a hatter, a Guild
Brother and Burgess of Glasgow in 1812.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 February 1942, page 11
Birth. Son, Andrew Gavin, born to Stella (nee Brown), wife of Michael Rosenhead
of Leeds at Larkfield Nursing Home, Greenock, on 9 February. 41 Union Road,
Jewish Chronicle, 20 November 1942, page 10
Rev S. Hooker CF holds regular monthly services for the Forces in various places
in Scotland, including Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 25 December 1942, page 10
Services are held on alternate Sabbaths at 41 Union Street, Greenock, the home
of Trooper Michael Rosenhead. Servicemen and civilians are invited.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 April 1945, page 11
Engagement. David Samuel Cohen Ll.B. of London to 3rd Officer WRNS Freda Honora
(Nora), only child of Mr and Mrs A. Matthews of 40 Robertson Street, Greenock.
Jewish Chronicle, 16 November 1945, page 12
Councillor David Adams (Labour) Vice-Chairman of Langside Synagogue in Glasgow,
re-elected to Greenock Town Council.
Jewish Chronicle, 4 April 1947, page 2
Engagement. Philip, son of Mr and Mrs M. Kaye, 47 Brougham Street, Greenock, to
Marie, younger daughter of Mrs A. Krieger and the late Mr D. Krieger of
Jewish Chronicle, 24 March 1945, page 16
8 Sifrei Torah sent to Israel from Glasgow. One was from the Greenock
[Probably no congregation in existence then. Probably better to have referred to
Jewish Chronicle, 29 June 1951, page 15
Obituary of David Adams. Retired from Greenock Council two years ago. Was
chairman of Langside Synagogue, Glasgow and a member of the Executive Committee
of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.
Jewish Chronicle, 4 June 1965, page 26
Councillor David Wolfe appointed Treasurer of Greenock Town Council. Has been a
member of the council for 5 years. A native of Glasgow and educated at Greenock
Jewish Chronicle, 16 September 1966, page 20
Obituary of George Spilg of Glasgow aged 70. Born Greenock. Awarded the Military
Medal in WWI.
Jewish Chronicle, 4 April 1969, page 3
Death on 27 March of Celia, widow of Joseph Wolfe of Greenock and Glasgow.
Jewish Chronicle, 7 May 1976, page 23
Reception for Mr David Wolfe, in Glasgow. A former Greenock Town Councillor and
sometime Treasurer. Former chairman of the Glasgow Zionist organisation and
author of a controversial annual report which was rejected by his executive and
led to his resignation. His report criticised a lack of orientation towards
aliyah; now he was leaving Glasgow with his wife for Israel where his son and
Jewish Chronicle, 12 May 1992, page 14
Obituary of Henri Temianka age 85. Violinist, teacher, all-round musician. Born
Greenock from fairly well off Polish diamond dealing family.
[At the 1911 Census the family was living in Liverpool. The father’s occupation
was recorded as ‘Agent for advertising novelties’. His two brothers were
‘Travelling with Picture frames’, ie, were pedlars.
Jewish Chronicle, 21 May 1993, page 15
Obituary of Walter Levy aged 76.
Born Greenock but moved to Glasgow as small child with his widowed mother.
26 August 1994, page 22
Long article ‘The Last Jew in Greenock’. Many of the facts in it are said to be inaccurate in Nathan Abrams,
Caledonian Jews, 2009.]
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