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Press Reports on the Swansea Jewish Community 1804-1917
1894-1917 compiled primarily by
Information within square brackets is from the compiler
Links to decades 1830:
1860: 1870: 1880:
Cambrian, 21 July 1804
Hyam Barnett, Silversmith of Gloucester, is
opening a room in Swansea.
[ibid 11.2.1815 he died]
Death of Joseph Cohen, Clerk to the Jewish
Marriage of Rev Moses Moses, Hebrew Teacher,
Swansea, to Miss H. Myers of Bethnal Green
Douglas Cohen, late of Swansea, elected President
of the Royal Edinburgh Physical Society
17 April 1830
Douglas Cohen applies for post of physician at
Ref to Solomon Woolf, Jeweller, late of Merthyr.
Petition to be heard.
Samuel Frankel, Park Street, Swansea. Lessons in
Hebrew and German.
Cambrian, 7 July
General meeting of subscribers to Swansea
Infirmary to elect a successor to Dr Cohen who resigns
27 June 1845, page 188
Prize at Birmingham Hebrew National School
awarded to Edward M. Marks of Swansea
31 January 1845, page 96
‘WANTED for the SWANSEA HEBREW CONGREGATION, a
Shohet, Hazan, and Baal Korah [all in Hebrew]. Application and
testimonials as to qualifications, to be forwarded to Mr. J.
Lyon, President of the Congregation, Castle Square, Swansea.
A Mohel would be preferred’.
12 September 1845, page 240
‘WANTED, a Respectable Young Man, as Assistant to
the China, Glass, and Fancy Business. - Apply to I. Jacob, 33 Castle
Street, Swansea; unexceptionable references will be required’.
12 June 1846, page 159
Birmingham Hebrew National School. Prize awarded
to F.I. Marks of Swansea.
Voice of Jacob,
19 June 1846
Reference to prize at Birmingham Hebrew National
School to Edward Lloyd Marks of Swansea
15 January 1847
List of donations to Jews’
Orphan Asylum includes J.M. Moses. Swansea £25
Judah Lyon presented with a goblet by the Hebrew
March 1847, page 94
Gift from Miss Matilda Cohen of Swansea to the
Committee for the Relief of the Jewish Poor
September 1847, page 247
Reference to ‘squabble’
in the Swansea Synagogue during the last Passover and at other
Festivals in consequence of the effort of the synagogue to carry out
the Chief Rabbi’s new regulations.
December 1847, page 367
Notice of a public meeting to be held in Swansea
in favour of the admission of Jews to Parliament. Praised by the JC.
January 1848, page 382
Report of the Swansea public meeting. Chair was
taken by the mayor.
April 1848, page 518
Letter from Joseph Samuel, Swansea, about Mr I.
M., Moses, pawnbroker, who recently filled the office of Grand
Juryman and on 14 April was elected a member of the Board of
Guardians for the Swansea Union, the first Jew in the Principality
to fill any honorary and important offices.
June 1848, page 591
'Swansea Hebrew Congregation
WANTED for the above Congregation, a Person to
fill the office of Shohet, Hazan, Mohel, and Baal Korah [all in
Hebrew] whose Age does not exceed Forty Years. Applications
and Testimonials as to qualifications to be forwarded to the
President, Mr. B. Joseph, Castle-square, Swansea.
N.B. - A Cohen [in Hebrew] need not apply'.
[repeated 21 July 1848 page 616; 28 July 1848]
September 1848, page 664
'WANTED, A RESPECTABLE YOUNG MAN as an Assistant
in a Jewellery and General Fancy Business. Apply to Mr. J. Jacob,
Castle Street, Swansea'.
January 1849, page 664
Fund for the Jews of Tiberias. Contribution by
the Congregation of Swansea £2. 2. 0
April 1849, page 211
The congregation has been called on to pay within
3 months a mortgage on the synagogue and having an opportunity to
buy the freehold of their burial ground (the only Jewish one in
Wales) the lease of which has nearly expired, and now makes and
appeal to the public. The congregation is numerous but most are in
Received so far contributions from:
Jacob Joseph; Isaac Jacob; Mrs [Catherine] and the Misses Cohen;
Mrs [Rosetta] and the Misses Marks; H. Rosenthal; Isaac Levine; M,
[Moses] Moses; M. [Mordecai] Harris; Solomon Brown.
June 1849, page 292
Further sums including 2 guineas from Samuel
Polak of Newport.
August 1849, page 372
'Wanted. A YOUNG MAN, as an Assistant to a
Jewellery and General Fancy Business. Apply to Mr. I. Jacob, Castle
15 February 1850
Lazarus Jacob, Jewish youth. Charges against 70
year old master of Greek ship in port
Cambrian, 3 May
H. Lowenthal, 4 Lower Oxford Street, Swansea.
Teacher of Hebrew and German
27 June 1851
'WANTED, a person to fill the Office of Shohet,
Hazan, Korah, and Mohel [all in Hebrew]. Application to be
made to Mr. I. Jacob, Castle-street, Swansea'.
28 November 1851
Wanted, assistant for a General Fancy Business.
Apply J. Jacob, Castle Street.
3 February 1854, page 155
A society was formed a few days ago in Swansea
for alleviating the resident poor - 'The Hebrew Ladies'
Philanthropic Society or Meshivat Neshef[in Hebrew]'. Miss M. Cohen
12 April 1854, page 242
'To Pawnbrokers, Clothiers, etc.
WANTED, by a Young Man, of the Jewish Faith, a Situation, either as
Second in a Pawnbroker's, or as an Assistant to a Clothier. Can have
a two years' character from his last employer. Address," Veritas,"
care of Mr. Jacobs, Clothier, 29, Strand, Swansea'.
[In 1851 Greenbone Jacobs was in the Strand.]
26 May 1854, page 29
Births, Marriages and Deaths for the period
January 5613 (1853) to January 5614 (1854) Swansea, Waterloo Road.
I. Jacob Esq President:
29 December 1854, page 14
'A PUBLIC examination of the children attending
the "Swansea Hebrew Sabbath School" took place on Monday last at the
school-room in Picton-place'. Conducted by the President (J. Jacob)
and the chief instructress of the school, Miss [Matilda] Cohen,
assisted by Miss R [Rosabelle] Marks. Assistant teachers the Misses
Z [Zipporah] and R. Marks, Miss Michael and Miss A [Alice] Joseph.
The children were afterwards taken to the
residence of Mr D. Levi 'where they were regaled, at that
gentleman's expense, with cake, wine, and (to use Mr. Levi's
own expression) other "odds and ends" .'
Hebrew Philanthropic Society. Tribute to J.H.
30 March 1855, page 12
'WANTED, A YOUNG MAN as an ASSISTANT in a FANCY
BUSINESS. Also a YOUTH as an APPRENTICE, Apply to Mr. J. Jacob,
1 June 1855
Swansea has 72 sittings.
Dispute between Jews and sailors. Isaac Bentwitch
and Lazarus Jacobs involved
22 May 1857, page 1015
Reference to the Swansea Herald which published a
petition for the removal of Jewish disabilities. JC strongly
29 May 1857, page 1018
Rev C. Isaac Pisar died on 23rd. 'the respected
Reader of the Congregation' aged 42. His pious disposition and meek
and gentle teaching endeared him. Held ministry for 6 years.
19 June 1857, page 1040
'WANTED by the Swansea Congregation a person who
can undertake the duties of Hazan, Shohet, Mohel [all in Hebrew] and
teacher at a salary of £60 per annum.
Application to be made to Mr. I. Jacob, Castle-street, Swansea.
None need apply above the age of forty-five'.
[Similarly repeated 3 July 1857 page 1046 except
for extra sentence: 'He must be a competent teacher of children for
which service there will be extra remuneration'. This repeated 10
July 1857 page 1065 and 9 October 1857.]
6 November 1857, page 1203
Letter dated 2.11.1857. To inform that Mr I.
Jacob has resigned as President of the Congregation after 7 years.
The new officers are S.[Simon] Goldberg President and David
Frankell as Treasurer. At the meeting it was decided to have a new
synagogue as there were many during the holidays who could not
attend because the synagogue was too small. They have purchased a
piece of land and have collected £75 from the few who attended the
meeting. Signed I. GODFREY, Hon Sec to the Building Committee.
5 February 1858, page 58
Repetition of amended adverts for Hazan etc of 3
July 1857 and subsequently, but changed to £75 per annum, and
application to Mr S. Goldberg,, 17 Goat-street. Also added to 'None
need apply above the age of forty-five' ' 'and Cohen [in
[Repeated numerously, in February and March 1858
and May 1859]
15 October 1858, page 5
An appeal had gone from the Board of Deputies to
the various synagogues on behalf of the congregation of Bojonowa
which had experienced a bad fire. But only two replies, from
Cheltenham and Swansea.
1 April 1859, page 1
Advert. Appeal signed by, inter alia, Simon
The Swansea synagogue was built half a century
ago. Them the congregation consisted of four Jewish families, now
there are upwards of 30 resident in Swansea. The community has
raised from its own resources enough to buy and pay for a freehold
site in the centre of the town for a new synagogue. Will cost £1,600
with seats for 210 and a reservation of free seats. To include a
committee and a schoolroom.
'The total further amount required to meet the
expected outlay will be about £500, and the Jews of Swansea believe
and hope that the pious zeal of their co-religionists in London will
enable them to obtain this comparatively small sum without
'It may be stated that so insufficient is the
existing synagogue for the requirements of the Swansea Congregation,
that even on the ordinary Sabbath there are not the required number
of seats for the resident families; while on Festival days ladies
are compelled to occupy the stairs leading to the gallery, and many
persons are obliged to absent themselves from public worship for
want of the necessary accommodation'.
1 April 1859, page 5
'SWANSEA. -A NEW SYNAGOGUE. - The foundation
stone of a new synagogue in Swansea was solemnly laid on the 22nd
ult. The members of the congregation, male and female, having met in
the old synagogue, formed a procession, and then repaired to the
site of the new one. Here they were joined by several
co-religionists from other congregations, and many friends from
Swansea and neighbourhood. Several suitable psalms having been
recited the foundation stone was laid by Mr. Benjamin Joseph (senior
member of the congregation), assisted by Mr. S. Godfrey(sic. sc
Goldberg), President, and Mr. I. Jacob, Chairman of the building
committee, on which occasion Mr. B. Joseph was presented with a
silver trowel, suitably inscribed. The ceremony was then proceeded
with in the usual form, after which an appropriate prayer
composed by the Rev. Dr. Adler, for the occasion, was read, followed
by other psalms. The assembly then returned to the synagogue in
procession, the solemnity concluded with the afternoon service. The
intended new synagogue is to be in the Italian style of
architecture, to be built of Bath stone, with a dwarf ornamental
iron railing and folding gates, with stone walling and gate piers in
front of the street. The synagogue will be 48 feet in length, by 25
feet wide; adjoining the synagogue will be committee, robing, and
ladies retiring rooms; the beams of the main roof will be visible
stained and varnished, the height of the synagogue will be 31 feet,
and the wood work of pews, doors, gallery. front, &c., will be
stained and varnished. The contractor is Mr. Holtham (from Bath) the
building designed and to be carried out under the direction of J.
Henry Baylis Esq., architect, of Swansea'.
15 April 1859, page 1
First list of contributions to Building Fund
22 April 1859, page 1
Second list. Already contributed £132 7s 6d
29 April 1859, page 8
Advert by I. Jacob, 19 Castle Street, for a
respectable young man as Assistant in General Fancy Business.
20 May 1859, page 5
Board of Deputies. Mr S. Kisch of London proposed
as deputy for Swansea. But he has not been elected so Board declined
to take official notice.
27 May 1859, page 1
Building Fund. Expected outlay £500. Further
appeal to Jews of London, and another list of contributions.
8 July 1859, page 1
Another list. Already contributed £185 16s
22 July 1859,page 4
At general meeting held on Sunday Rev I. Tuehman
(sic, Rev J. Tuchman) unanimously elected Shohet, hazan [in Hebrew]
12 August 1859, page 1
Up to now fund has raised £209 16s, Further list
of contributions including from Miss L. Michael, Swansea, F.
Michael, Swansea, and H.J.Madge, Swansea. Also 2 from
Australia one being from Sandhurst, Australia.
16 September 1859, page 1
Contributed so far £233 19s
7 October 1859, pages 5-6
Long report of consecration of synagogue.
11 November 1859, page 8
Advert by I. Jacob, 19 Castle Street for a young
man to be an assistant in a General Fancy Business who is accustomed
to the China and Glass trade.
3 February 1860, page 8
'WANTED, a SITUATION as TRAVELLER, by a Young Man
(aged 29) having a thorough knowledge of the Glass, China,
Earthenware, Birmingham and Sheffield trades, also te Foreign and
English Fancy Goods. Reference from previous employer, with whom he
has been eight years. Address, L. Godfrey, 19, Castle-street,
17 February 1860, page 8
'WANTED, an experienced YOUNG MAN in the
Furnishing and Fancy Trade. Apply to Mr. I. Jacobs, 2,
[Repeated 2 March 1860 page 1]
30 March 1860, page 5
Presentation of a testimonial in the shape of a
silver snuff box to a co-religionist. Inscription engraved,
'Presented by a few Jewish friends to Mr. L. Godfrey, on his leaving
Swansea, as a mark of esteem for his services as hon. secretary to
the new synagogue building committee, March 21, 1860.' Presented by
Mr. Goldberg, President, and a suitable address, duly acknowledged
by Mr. Godfrey, was read by Mr. E.L. [sic] Moses.
27 April 1860, page 6
Letter from Henry Micholls Jones, 1 Nelson Place,
Swansea, refers to a statement that Mr Davidson had been elected a
Guardian for the city of Chester and it was presumed that he was the
first Jew to have been so honoured in that city. Jones writes that
he was a resident for 17 years and was a member of the Board of
Guardians for three years 1834-6 and was also elected a member of
the House Committee.
Ship arrived. Pit props for H. Worms
Ship arrived. Quantity of railway sleepers for H.
April 1862, page 5
Request by D. Frankell, President of the Swansea
Congregation, for this to be published. A presentation was made to
Dr Hermann Adler of a silver sanctification cup as a mark of his
kindness in delivering the first sermon at the inauguration of their
new synagogue 25 September 5619.
June 1862, page 5
Board of Deputies. S.A. Kisch elected deputy for
September 1863, page 1
Fund for the 'Judith, Lady Montefiore
Memorial "Convalescent Home". ' Contribution from Swansea Hebrew
Congregation £5 per S. Brown, President.
October 1863, page 1
Donation from members of the Swansea Synagogue of
£7 10s for fund for the Jews of Monastir.
October 1863, page 1
'ABSCONDED from his EMPLOYMENT, ABRAHAM JACOBS,
aged 18, Watchmaker, formerly of Gower-street, Swansea. Anyone who
will give information as to his whereabouts, will greatly oblige. A.
Myer, Silversmith, Hereford'. [Son of Charles Jacobs of Gower
October 1863, page 5
Election of officers. President Sol Brown,
Treasurer Chapman Jacobs
April 1864, page 8
Appeal for assistance on behalf of Youtaff Levy
of Merthyr Tydvil. 4 children, ill with fever, one buried a few
days since and wife expected to be confined daily. A respected
tradesman for 16 years. Hope to raise funds to place him in a
'little way in business'. Donations to be received inter alia by
Simon Goldberg of Swansea. Donations already received include from
Swansea Congregation £8 15s.
1st(?) reference to Moses Pisar, pawnbroker, High
16 September 1864, page 1
'WANTED by the Members of the SWANSEA HEBREW
CONGREGATION a Young Man competent to TEACH HEBREW with TRANSLATION;
to devote during week-days about three hours a day, Saturday and
Sunday as per arrangement. Salary £40 per annum. Apply to D. Levy,
Esq., Chairman, 113, Goe [sic]-street, Swansea'.
[repeated 23 September page 1]
18 November 1864, page 1
Contribution to a fund Mrs L. Michaels, Swansea
Jacob Joseph, 8 Heathfield Street. Thanks Hebrew
friends etc for condolences on the loss of his wife
3 February 1865, page 1
'WANTED for the SWANSEA CONGREGATION, a qualified
HEBREW and ENGLISH TEACHER. Salary £70 per annum, with prospect of
further increase. Apply, immediately, to Mr. D. Levy, Gower-street,
17 February 1865, page 5
'SWANSEA, - A GIFT TO THE SYNAGOGUE
TO THE EDITOR OF THE JEWISH CHRONICLE
SIR, - At a special general meeting of this
congregation, held on Sunday, 29th January last, the following
mark of our esteem was presented to Henry Worms, Esq., Highbury
"Synagogue Chambers, Swansea.
"At a general meeting of this congregation,
held 16th October 1864, it was unanimously resolved that our
best thanks be given to Henry Worms, Jun., Esq., of London for
his many tokens of respect towards us.
"SOL. BROWN, CHAP. JACOBS, Wardens."
The above was engrossed on vellum, and
mounted in a gold frame, and was presented at a full meeting by
the Wardens; after which Henry Worms, Esq., made a feeling reply
to thank them for the great honour they conferred on him'.
22 September 1865, page 1
Board of Deputies 'Holy Land Relief Fund', for
the relief of sufferers in Palestine from Cholera, Locusts and
From 'Swansea Synagogue, Congregational Funds 5.5.0'
20 October 1865, page 5
Article on the High Holydays. Extract:
'our attention is also being called to the efficient manner in which
the service was performed at Swansea and the uncommon decorum which
24 November 1865, page 2
Holy Land Relief Fund
Swansea (3rd amount) per Solomon Brown Esq.
Cambrian Newspaper 10.0
Christian Friends 13.8
21 September 1866, page 7
Letter from H. Worms, Jun. He refers to the
examination of pupils at the Swansea Hebrew School which was
conducted by Mr Israelson. Wonderful improvement., High praise for
'...this is the first examination of the kind
that has ever take place in Swansea since it has been a
congregation, which now extends back over a period of more than a
hundred years'. [But see 29 December 1854]
Editor says that from a letter from the chairman
of the School Committee, Mr D. Levy, we learn that Mr Worms has
presented the 8 most deserving pupils with very handsome prizes.
18 June 1867, page 1
'WANTED at Swansea, a competent Hebrew and
English TEACHER (an Englishman). For salary and other particulars
apply to D. Levy, No. 8 Dynevor place, Swansea'.
24 May 1867, page 6
"Jewish volunteers". Letter from E.S [sic] Moses,
26 College Street, Swansea.
Replies to a newspaper report that there were few Jews in the
Swansea has population of some 50,000, with
about 40 Jewish families. 8 are in the Volunteers. Moses joined
the 1st Glamorgan Artillery Volunteer Corps No.1 at the
formation of the corps. In the same corps there is a Sergeant,
Joel Jacobs. At Cardiff there are several Jews in the service
and they have joined in several Welsh towns where only a few
7 April 1868, page 2148
Moses Pisar of Commercial Row, Pembroke Dock,
formerly of High Street Swansea and of Briton Ferry, 'Pawnbroker,
Outfitter, Shoe Dealer, General Draper, Auctioneer, and Tobacconist'
having been adjudged bankrupt on 18 February 1868 - last Public
Examination to be held on 26 April
April 1868 to 6 November 1868
References to proceedings at Bristol Bankruptcy
Court of Moses Pisar, Pawnbroker & Clothier, of Swansea. Mostly of
Swansea Hebrew School, run by H.Israelson.
Presentation to H. Worms of Leeds, benefactor
30 April 1869, page 2
List of Swansea contributors to a fund [unnamed.
Previous page with name of fund is missing]
||S Samuel [President]
Nathan & Levy [Isaac, Samuel]
||Rev I. Tuchman [Joseph]
D & M Frankell [David, Moses]
L. Samuel Neath
D. Levy [Daniel]
||E.F. Moses [Emanuel]
||S. Brown [Solomon]
W. Lyon [Woolfe]
||M. Seline [Moses]
||J. Seline [Isaac?]
||L. Cohen [Louis]
||S. Goldberg [Simon]
||B. Hyams [Benjamin Hyam]
||M. Jacobs [Michael
||H.M. Jones [Henry Michols
||G. Jacobs [Greenbone]
||B. Levinberg [Benjamin]
||S. Jacobs Treasurer
||C. Jacobs [Chapman]
Mrs Marks [Rosetta?]
||A. Moses [Alfred]
||Lazerus [sic] Jacobs
||Miss M. Cohen [Matilda]
||M. Harris [Moses]
||L. Jacobs [Louis]
||Mrs Piser [Louise Pisar]
||M. Goldstein [Morris]
17 December 1869, page 14
'SWANSEA - The vicinity of the Jewish
burial-ground has been the scene of a very unpleasant procedure. The
corpse of a child was taken to the ground for interment, but owing
to some alleged informality as to membership, burial was refused and
the mourners were obliged to retrace their steps, the gates of the
ground being closed against them. Shortly after, a person who for
many years had been a member of the synagogue was desirous of
placing a stone on the grave of his late wife. He gave notice of his
intention, and proceeded with several workmen, to place the stone.
He found the gates closed, the authorities refusing admission into
the ground. An altercation ensued at the entrance. There was a large
crowd, the proceedings being very disagreeable. Two other persons
were there at the same time, with head-stones, which had to be taken
back, the authorities in charge of the burial-ground fearing that if
the gates were opened for the two in question, the third would go in
15 July 1870, page 11
'A Jewish Lady, of standard position, residing
within five minutes' walk of the beautiful Bay of Langland, would be
happy to receive a family of her own faith, or small party of
friends, during the bathing season. The "Mumbles" is a favourite
place of resort in summer, and near the congregation and town of
Swansea, where trains ply to and fro every hour of the day.
References required. Apply, with real name and address to Miss
Cohen, Church Park, Mumbles, near Swansea'.
3 February 1871, page 12
Board of Deputies. Consideration of a complaint
by H. Barnett of Swansea that the sum of over £10 was demanded for
two recent marriages at Swansea. He asked if there were any rules as
to fixing of fees. Board told that President of congregation had
been written to or explanation but had received no answer.
12 March 1871, page 13
Reference to a letter from Chapman Jacobs, President of Swansea
Congregation which contained a copy of a letter to a local journal
which had given currency to an accusation against the congregation's
executive. The Jewish Chronicle refuses to report the attack.
19 May 1871, page 16
From members of the congregation who object to the calumnies in the
Jewish Record against the President, C. Jacobs. Signed: Moses Seline,
M. Goldstein, H.M. Jones, Morris Frankell, David Frankell, Emanuel
Fredk. Moses, Simon Jacobs, Joel Jacobs, Louis Jacob, Lazarus
Jacobs, Isaac Seline, W. Lyons, Louis Cohen, Barnett Freedman.
26 May 1871
Jacob Cohen Marks summoned by Chapman Cohen for violence and
indecent conduct in the synagogue
14 July 1871
children of the Jewish School were examined in Hebrew by Rev Dr
Hermann Adler, Rabbi of Bayswater Congregation [see 21 July 1871]
14 July 1871
Swansea Hospital. Donation of arm slings by Mrs Cohen
21 July 1871, page 9
Chief Rabbi's pastoral tour of Swansea. Met by C. Jacobs, President,
and Seline, Treasurer. "An address was presented to the Chief Rabbi.
Reference was made therein to the lamentable dissensions which had
given to the Swansea congregation an unenviable notoriety. The Chief
Rabbi replied to the address. He expressed an earnest hope and
prayer that his stay amongst the members of the congregation would
tend to the re-establishment of peace in their community'. He also
met members in his hotel. As a result he 'succeeded in bringing
about a perfect reconciliation'.
Hermann Adler examined the children.
29 September 1871, page 10
Large attendance at synagogue during High Holydays, including
residents of neighbouring towns. Services by Rev Tuchman assisted by
Messrs Brandon and Goldberg.
24 November 1871, page 14
Michael Jacobs who died on 16th inst left legacies to the Hebrew
Congregation of Swansea, Holy Land Relief Fund, Swansea (General)
Hospital, Hospital for Incurables (London).
10 May 1872, page 78
Election of honorary officers: President Isaac Seline; Treasurer S.
Goldberg. Committee of Management S. Braun (sic. Brown), C. Jacobs,
W. Lyons, E.F. Moses. J.C. Marks. Auditors C. Levy and Joel Jacobs.
new code of law 'has been framed'.
24 May 1872
Reference to Partnership between Louisa Pisar and Mr Goldberg
19 July 1872, page 229
exam held in Swansea in May under supervision of Government Science
and Art Department:
Inorganic Chemistry, David Harris, 2nd class, advanced stage; Joseph
Harris, 1st class, elementary stage, Queen's prize.
Navigation, Moses Harris, 2nd class, advanced stage; Benjamin
Harris, 2nd class advanced stage.
Acoustics, (Light & Heat), Moses Harris, 2nd class advanced stage.
Nautical Astronomy, Moses Harris, 2nd class, elementary stage.
Physical Geography, Joseph Harris, 2nd class elementary stage.
27 September 1872, page 361
Report taken from a local paper, as the Swansea synagogue had
omitted to inform the JC.
synagogue was dedicated on 20th inst, having been closed for 3
months for repairs, painting and renovation. Re-consecrated at
service led by Rev B. Hast of the Maiden Lane Synagogue. Large crowd
including 'several influential Christian friends'.
4 October 1872, page 376
List of subscriptions for liquidating debut incurred in repairing &c
the synagogue. Cost was upwards of £250. List of contributors,
including non-Jews, eg Mr H. Walters Williams, Cambrian Newspaper;
Students of Swansea Training School'; 'Ladies Academy of the same'.
Some Jews from Neath [Mr & Mrs L. Samuel; Mr H. Samuel; Mr S.
Nathan; Mr Jacobs; Mr Morris]
18 October 1872, page 400
List of subscriptions towards liquidating the debt issued for
repainting, repairing and renovating the Swansea synagogue. Mostly
15 November 1872, page 445
7 November, birth of daughter (posthumous), at 20 Bristol Road,
Birmingham, to Mrs Louis Jacobs (late of Swansea).
3 January 1873, page 549 [?]
Advert. For a certified Hebrew and English teacher and to act as 2nd
Reader and occasional Lecturer. £100 p.a.
Apply I. Seline President 39 High Street.
[repeated 10.2.1873 p. 580; 17.1.1873; 7.2.1873; 28.2.1873.]
1 August 1873, page 304
recent examination in Swansea of Government Science & Art
Department, Joseph Harris passed in organic chemistry & physical
geography (advanced stage) and acoustics, light and heat, and
electricity (elementary stages). Reuben Joseph passed elementary
stage of physical geography. Both passed in 2nd class.
24 October 1873, page 494
Sunday last examination of children in presence of parents and other
visitors .First examination since Chief Rabbi and his son Dr Hermann
Adler visited Swansea. Efforts have been made from time to time to
procure an efficient teacher, at last accomplished. Mr Heinemann is
new teacher and has been in Swansea about 4 months. Has been
energetic as the successful results of the examination show.
Resident minister Tuchman was absent.
After the exam children were given tea by the ladies of the
committee 'by whom a profusion of wine, fruit, cakes, &c., were
School matters in Swansea 'are now fixed on a fair basis'. To be
hoped that through the efforts of the President Mr Seline, the
Treasurer Mr Goldburg [sic], the able committee and Mr Heinemann,
Swansea, though very backward previously, will be found 'forward in
the future to promote Jewish education in their midst'.
31 October 1873
Examination of children in Hebrew &c in Swansea Jewish School at the
synagogue. Teacher Dr Heinemann
31 October 1873, page 508
Letter from 'S' referring to report in previous week's issue which
omitted certain facts and to be just to Rev Tuchman.
Hermann Adler examined the pupils 2 1/2 years ago and said that
while there was room for improvement, the children were better than
expected. Since it had to be taken into account that Rev J. Tuchman
acted as shohet, reader and teacher. Then an eminent Hebrew scholar
from London examined the pupils; this time the exam was by the
absence of Tuchman was due to the great amount of work he had to do
during the late holydays. He has been minister for 14 years and
there are few older provincial ministers. The attack on him was
6 February 1874, page 746
Advert. Wanted, Reader, shohet etc £70 p.a. Application to Isaac
Seline, President, High Street.
13 February 1874, page 772
few friends of Mr Joseph Tuchman presented him with a testimonial on
his departure from Swansea for Sheffield where he has been elected
as minister. The testimonial consisted of an engraved 'massive'
silver cup in a case and a purse of money.
17 April 1874, page 37
Seline re-elected as President and Mr S. Goldberg Treasurer.
8 May 1874, page 86
L. Slevansky of Norwich appointed to Swansea.
17 July 1874, page 256
recent examination in Swansea of Science and Art Department. Joseph
Harris passed in Magnetism and Electricity 1st class advanced stage.
Queen's Prize Nautical Astronomy - Moses Harris 2nd class advanced
12 March 1875
Partnership between Louisa Pisar and Goldberg dissolved
16 April 1875, page 885
'MISS JONES, Swansea, has VACANCIES in her SCHOOL for Four young
ladies of the Jewish faith as Boarders. For terms and particulars
apply to Miss Jones, 20. Mansell-street, Swansea'.
24 September 1875
Butcher sought to supply meat to the Swansea Hebrew Congregation.
Tenders to Solomon Brown or Joel Jacobs
11 February 1876, page 731
Among list of authorised mohelim who belong to the 'Society for
Granting Relief to the Poor on the Initiation of their Children into
the holy covenant of Abraham; - Rev L. Slavensky, Swansea.
28 April 1876, page 52
Meeting of members. Retiring wardens were re-elected, viz Solomon
Burm [Brown], President, and Joel Jacobs, Treasurer.
9 June 1876, page 157
to Rev I. Leventon, 61 Brunswick Street, Swansea, in list of people
who will received donations for Leeds (St Albans Street) Hebrew
Tender to supply meat to Swansea Hebrew Congregation to Solomon
Brown, 16 Nelson Street, or Joel Jacobs, 10 Wassail Street
20 April 1877, page 4
General meeting of members. The following were elected for the
ensuing year. Wardens, Joel Jacobs, President; Isaac Seline,
Treasurer. Auditors, Hyam Jacobs and H. Friedman.
22 June 1877, page 11
recent exam in Swansea under supervision of the Science and Art
Department, Joseph Harris passed in physiography, first class,
honours stage; M. Harris passed in navigation, 2nd class, honours
stage; David Harris passed in navigation, Queen's prize advanced
stage; David Harris passed in nautical astronomy, first class,
elementary stage, Queen's prize.
29 June 1877, page 2
Appeal for Merthyr Synagogue and School - to liquidate deficiency
in the building fund. Includes contributions from Swansea: Henry
Barnett £5; Miss Cohen, Mumbles £1; Abraham Freedman (2nd donation)
13 July 1877, page 2
Barrow in Furness. Appeal for family of labourer hurt in accident.
Contributions from 'Nemo' Swansea and JCM Swansea [?Jacob C. Marks]
27 July 1877, page 1
Merthyr Hebrew Congregation. Thanks to Mrs S. Friedman of Swansea,
formerly resident of Dowlais, for presentation of Sepher Torah to
24 August 1877, page 13
by a young lady a RE-ENGAGEMENT as useful Companion to a lady or
children, or useful assistant in a school, thoroughly understanding
all duties. Good references. Address, H.M., Post Office,
12 October 1877, page 12
A. Lowy, Secretary of the Anglo-Jewish Association, addressed
members of the Swansea Congregation which resulted in the formation
of a branch of the AJA.
19 October 1877, page 4
other branches of the AJA formed in South Wales - Cardiff, Newport
11 January 1878, page 2
'Turkish Sufferers' Fund'
Contribution from Charles Levy, Swansea
3 May 1878, page 10
General meeting. Joel Jacobs and Isaac Seline re-elected honorary
officers for the ensuing year.
10 May 1878, page 2
Fund for the 'Institution for Relieving the Indigenous Blind of the
Goldberg 10s 6d [annual]
14 June 1878, page 13
Appeal for funds for burial ground. It has become overcrowded and
the congregation has been compelled to purchase freehold of the
present and adjoining plot of ground and also the wall, over 100
years old, is decayed and needs rebuilding. Needs heavy outlay and
in present depressed state of trade it is beyond the means of the
congregation, but they have nevertheless subscribed the greater
proportion but still £125 outstanding.
Baron de Rothschild per Rev A.L. Green; Baron Henry de Worms £5 and
I Seligman £2 both per Rev A. Lowy
Isaac Jacobs (London): Isaac Jacobs £1 1 0; Michael Samuels £3 3 0;
Mrs H. Mosely 10s; Miss H. Mosely £1 1 0; Miss E. Mosely 10s; Mrs M.
Mosely £1; miss M. Joseph 5s
M. Mosely: P.L. Phillips £5 5 0; C. Samuel £3 3 0
Morris Frankell £3; Messrs Joseph Bros. £1 1 0; Chapman Jacobs £1 1
0; Jacob Levy £1 1 0; Messrs Issacs & Berg £1 1 0; J. Davies £1 1 0;
Messrs Lazarus & Rosenfeld £1 1 0; - Langner Esq 15s; Messrs
Izenstein & Rosenfeld 10s 6d; -Berg, senior 10s.6d; Coleman Moses
10s 6d; Messrs Frankell Bros 10s 6d; Messrs Newmark & Abrahams 10s
6d; B. Frankell 10s 6d; Mrs B. Frankell 10s 6d*; Mrs J. Berg 10s 6d;
E. Berg Jnr 5s; L. Woolf 5s; L. Woolf 5s; F. Moses 5s; Friends 7s,
[See 21 June 1878, page 13]
21 June 1878, page 13
Advert re burial ground repeated
Received from E. Joseph Gloucester £1 1 0; I. Mason London £1 1 0;
I. Cohen Wolverhampton £1 1 0'
Correction to last list. For Mr & Mrs B. Frankell read Mr & Mrs B
12 July 1878, page 12
These Swansea students passed the May 1878 exam of the Science & Art
Joseph Harris. 1st class in advanced stage Physiography
class ditto Magnetism & Electricity
class ditto Accoustics, Light & Heat
David Harris. 1st class Queen's Prize in advanced stage of Nautical
class ditto in elementary stage of Magnetism & Electricity
Benjamin Harris. 2nd class in advanced stage of Nautical Astronomy
class in elementary stage of Magnetism & Electricity
27 September 1878, page 6
Contributions. M.L. Marks 10s 6d for Penny Dinners and 10s 6d for
the Sabbath Meals Society
31 January 1879
Wedding. Rev Mr Leventon, the local rabbi, gave a reading in Hebrew
4 July 1879, page 13
Exam of Art & Science Department held in May.
Joseph Harris. 1st class certificate in advanced stage of Magnetism
David Harris 2nd class certificate in advanced stage of Magnetism &
1 August 1879, page 7
Lawrence Barnett (Normal College, Swansea) passed recent
matriculation of University of London
21 November 1879, page 3
YOUTH attending college, requires BOARD and LODGING in an orthodox
Jewish family. West-end neighbourhood preferred.
Apply, stating terms, to H.B., 10, Heathfield-street, Swansea'.
= Henry Barnett. The 'youth' was his son Lawrence, attending
University College London].
19 March 1880, page 13
Contribution to the 'Society for Providing Poor Strangers with Meals
for Sabbaths and Festivals'.
R. Joseph. Swansea.. £1 1 0 [Rosabella?]
25 June 1880, page 5
Joseph Harris, Science Teacher, Swansea, has been selected by the
Science & Art Department, South Kensington, to attend the course of
Theoretical and Practical Geology under Professor Judd RFS at the
Science Schools, the Department defraying the entire cost.
6 August 1880, page 7.
London University. Mr Lawrence Barnett of Swansea passed the
Preliminary Scientific (MB) Exam.
20 May 1881, page 1
Board of Deputies. Fund for Famine in Armenia.
Swansea Congregation. S. Goldberg 10s 6d; Joe Barnett 10s 6d; Sums
of 5s and under £5.10.6. Total £6.10.6
17 June 1881, page 6
Anglo-Jewish Association. Remittances from branches, including from
12 August 1881, page 18
'BOARD and RESIDENCE in a quiet family (by the sea side) for one or
two ladies, or a lady and gentleman. Terms moderate. Apply to Miss
Jones, Gloucester House, St Helen's, Swansea'. [Frances E. or Emily
20 January 1882, page 18
Young Lady REQUIRES an ENGAGEMENT as NURSERY GOVERNESS, Useful
Companion , or in any other light business. Good references. Address
L.G., 146 Llangyfelach-street, Swansea, South Wales'.
1881 that address occupied by Marcus Gold man and family. No-one
with initial L. but might be 23-year old wife. Kate?]
[repeated 27 January 1882, page 3]
17 February 1882, page 12
Meeting of Hebrew Congregation. Resolutions passed expressing grief
at Russian outrages, sympathy with the sufferers, and pledging to
raise subscriptions to the Mansion House Relief Fund. Also
resolution expressing gratitude to Christians for their warm
interest and expressions of sympathy for the sufferers. About £45
5 May 1882, page 2
Mansion House Fund, 10th list
From the Town of Swansea per Hyam Goldberg.
List of names of Jews and non-Jews. Total £143.18.9
6 July 1883, page 3
'SWANSEA, Sea-Side. - BOARD and RESIDENCE, or Apartments only, in a
Jewish family. Good cooking and attendance. For terms, &c., address
Miss Jones, Gloucester House, St. Helen's Road, Swansea'.
[repeated 13 July 1883, page 1]
31 August 1883, page 11
Sunday last the President of the Swansea Hebrew Congregation, Mr
Goldberg, was presented with a testimonial consisting of an oil
portrait of himself in a massive gilt frame and an address engrossed
on vellum. The address referred to the great services rendered to
the congregation by Mr Goldberg in liquidating the debt of the
19 October 1883, page 7
'WANTED, position of trust, as HOUSEKEEPER, or Manager of Fancy,
Wool or Toy business. Good correspondent, bookkeeper, &c. Ten years'
experience. Highest references. Address Miss E.B. Jones, Glo'ster
House, St. Helen's Road, Swansea'.
[repeated 26 October 1883, page 2]
9 May 1884, page 8
Visit of Dr Adler after consecrating the new synagogue at Tredegar.
He preached his first sermon nearly 25 years ago in Swansea's new
synagogue. In the afternoon he examined the children and found that
their religious education had been greatly neglected. At several
during the day resolutions were passed to establish a Sabbath school
under the direction of Mrs Jacob Joseph, Mr & Mrs Hyam Goldberg,
Miss Jones, Miss L. Levy and Mr Lawrence Cohen. It was resolved to
take immediate steps to engage an efficient teacher of Hebrew and
religion. The congregation voted and annual sum of £50 and up to
£100 was subscribed by Jewish residents.
23 May 1884, page 2
HEBREW TEACHER and LECTURER WANTED for the SWANSEA HEBREW
CONGREGATION ar a salary of £120 per annum. A married gentleman
would probably secure a few scholars as boarders from the
neighbourhood. Applications, with copies of testimonials, to be
addressed to the President, Mr. Simon Goldberg, 16, Northampton
Place, Swansea. No candidate will be allowed travelling or othr
18 July 1884, page 10
M. Hyamson BA was on Sunday elected preacher and Hebrew teacher. 22
years of age, trained at Jews' College. BA London 1882. In 1882 the
Council of University College London awarded him the Hollier Hebrew
Scholarship. Has preached at several London synagogues and for last
3 years has, under the direction of the Visitation Committee of the
United Synagogue, preached at Portsmouth Prison on New Year and Day
17 October 1884, page 11
Centenary of Moses Montefiore. In Italy publication of 'Album
Montefiore' includes an acrostic by Rosabella Joseph of Swansea.
31 October 1884, page 13
Service in honour of the centenary. Synagogue filled with Jews and
Christians, 'a large number of the latter attending in response to
the former's invitation'. Service conducted by Rev Miron and address
given by Rev M. Hyamson BA.
1 May 1885, page 7
Lawrence Barnett of Swansea admitted MRCS (Eng) on 25 April, of
University College Hospital.
19 March 1886, page 12
M. Hyamson BA lectured at the Royal Institution, Swansea, on 'Jewish
Ethical Work of the Eleventh Century'.
Scroll of the Law, presented by Barnett Freedman on his son's bar
mitzvah. 'was "consecrated" at the synagogue'.
30 April1886, page 12
David Seline passed the Intermediate Exam of the Incorporated Law
14 May 1886, page 2
'PARTNERSHIP, sleeping, or a LOAN of £1,500 REQUIRED to pay out
retiring sleeping partner, from a first-class well-established
pawnbroking business, in a large sea-port town in South Wales, doing
a large sale and pawnbroking trade. The amount advanced could be
repaid in weekly or monthly instalments, with interest if required.
Full security, no liabilities. Address, J.F. & Co., 21, College
Street, Swansea, S.W.'.
16 July 1886, page 6
the May exam of the Science and Art Department, in Metallurgy,
Joseph Harris, Science Teacher, Swansea, obtained 1st class in the
advanced stage teacher's certificate in that science.
6 August 1886, page 5
H. Goldberg of Cardiff and Swansea is consul for the Sandwich
15 October 1886, page 10
Reference to the Swansea branch of the Anglo-Jewish Association. S.
Goldberg, President; H. Barnett, Hon Sec, to be Vice-President.
1 July 1887
Swansea synagogue was decorated. A number of Christians were
present. Prayer for the Royal Family in Hebrew and English. 'The
National Anthem was sung in the same languages by a choir of boys
specially trained by Rev. J. Miron'.
15 July 1887, page 12
S. Singer visited Swansea. Examined the children of the Hebrew
School and Sabbath Classes - established 3 years ago as result of
Rev Dr H. Adler's visit a short time previously. Conducted by Rev M.
Hyamson BA. Generally satisfied with the result of his examination.
5 August 1887, page 5
late Lewis Lyons [obituary 29 July 1887, page 12] has left Scrolls of
the Law to congregations at Swansea, Merthyr, and Tredegar.
7 October 1887, page 11
Swansea Synagogue prayers were read by Rev I.Miron assisted by the
President, Mr Simon Goldberg, who has completed nu 30th year as Baal
23 December 1887, page 11
Lawrence Barnett successful candidate for the degree of Doctor of
Medicine of the University of London
6 January 1888, page 17
SURGEONS. A gentleman M.D., London, &c., desires to become an
ASSISTANT to a Jewish Practitioner in London or large provincial
town, with view to partnership. Address L.B., 5, Walter-road,
16 March 1888, page 7
M. Hyamsom BA gave lecture at the Royal Institution, Swansea, on
'Some Gentile Proverbs about the Jews'. Proselytising the Jews was
misdirected zeal. 'If a Jew converted, he was generally a bad Jew,
and he had yet to learn that a bad Jew would make a good Christian'.
17 August 1888, page 3
Jewish Provincial Ministers' Fund. 2nd Report and Balance Sheet.Rev
M. Hyamson 1.1.1886 - 31.10.1887 --£52.10s
14 September 1888, page 11
M. Hyamsom BA delivered sermon on New Year. On Shabbat Shuvah he
made a special appeal on behalf of the Swansea Hospital.
Henry Freedman and F. Owen are Hatan Torah and Hatan Bereshith
9 November 1888, page 3
Advert for Hebrew Teacher and Lecturer - £100 plus expectation that
the Committee of the Jewish Provincial Ministers' Fund would grant a
subvention as they have done before.
16 November 1888, page 13
Quote from the Cambrian. Departure from Swansea of the Rev Moses
Hyamson BA. Excellent education and religious services and lectured
on Jewish subjects at the Royal Institution of South Wales.
7 December 1888, page 3
experienced, domesticated lady is desirous of meeting with an
ENGAGEMENT as HOUSEKEEPER or Useful Companion. Address E.F., 62 St
Frances E. Jones, at 62 St Helen's Rd, in the 1891 Census]
4 January 1889, page 6
Monday last at the Manchester Jews' School Mr Harris L. Price,
Preacher and Teacher, elected to the Swansea Hebrew Congregation,
was presented by the Headmaster, Ephraim Harris MA on behalf of
teachers and scholars, with a handsome writing wallet prior to his
departure for Swansea. He has been connected with the Manchester
school for 18 years.
28 June 1889, page 16
Among the presents received by Rev Harris L. Price on the occasion
of his marriage was an exquisite silver tray, from the members of
the Swansea congregation with inscription signed by the President,
Treasurer, Hon Sec and members of the Committee. Children of the
Hebrew School gave a pair of handsome vases with a letter 'begging
his acceptance of the gift as a small token of their affection'. He
took up his duties at Swansea at the beginning of the year.
26 July 1889, page 10
G.J. Emanuel BA examined the children of the Hebrew Congregational
Classes which are conducted by H.L Price. He was highly pleased with
the results of the examination.
9 August 1889, page 12
Owing to the liberality of members of the congregation the children
attending religious classes were again enabled to spend a most
enjoyable day at Oystermouth Castle. Tea was prepared and served by
Mrs Price, Mrs L. Jacobs, and Mrs Miron.
28 August 1889, page 7
Meeting at Swansea Hospital, consisting of nearly all the local
medical men, to bid farewell to Dr Lawrence Barnett who is leaving
to take up a post in London. An illuminated address was presented.
20 September 1889, page 2
Contribution by Mrs R. Joseph of 10 shillings to 'Society for
Providing Strangers with Meals on Saturdays and Holydays'.
20 September 1889,page 11
synagogue was re-consecrated after having been decorated. Sermon by
Mr Price, in favour of the local hospital.
27 September 1889, page 16
I Seline, wife of the President, has presented an elaborately
embroidered white silk cobering for the 'handsome pulpit', the gift
of Messrs [sic] Goldberg, junr. Mrs Owens [sic] wife of the Treasurer
has presented a mantle for the Sepher.
4 October 1889, page 4
Hatan Torah F. D. Owens [sic]
Hatan Bereshith Braham Freedman
27 February 1890, page 18
Lecture by Rev Harris L. Price at the Royal Institution, Swansea, on 'The
Science of Religion'.
Jewish Chronicle, June 1890, page 2
Appeal for widow of Abraham Miller who died in Porth.
Per Rev Harris Price, Swansea
'Harold', Swansea 10s; Mrs Joseph £1; J. Marks £1; Mrs & Mrs Owens 7s 6d; Henry
Barnet 10s; Mr & Mrs D. Barnett 10s; Mrs Lewis Lyons 10s; S. Goldberg 10s; Hyam
Goldberg 10s; Barnet Goldberg 10s; B. Franklin 5s; Ellen Moseley 5s; Sums under
5s - 5s.
27 June 1890, page 9
Anglo-Jewish Association. 'The two former branches at Swansea and Adelaide have
18 July 1890, page 15
Rev Harris L. Price has published in a Swansea paper an eloquent protest against
the attempts in the town to convert Jews to Christianity.
25 July 1890, page 2
Appeal for funds for Hampstead Synagogue. Contribution by Messrs H & B Goldberg,
22 August 1890, page 2
'WANTED by JEWISH LADY, Situation as useful Companion or HOUSEKEEPER. Accustomed
to Cooking; all kinds of Needlework; care and instruction of Children, &c., very
economical. Address Miss Jones, 62, St Helen's-road, Swansea'.
[repeated 5 times up to 10 October 1890, page 2]
19 September 1890, page 2
Donations to 'Society for Providing Strangers with Meals on Sabbaths and
Holydays' include one from Simon Goldberg 10s 6d
17 October 1890, page 1
St John's Wood Synagogue. Rev Harris L. Price will conduct morning service and
preach a sermon tomorrow Sabbath.
17 October 1890, page 15
Swansea. 'Six appropriate and impressive sermons were delivered by the Rev.
Harris L. Price during the recent festivals. The Succah adjoining the synagogue
was again tastefully decorated by the lady members of the congregation. Mrs.
Josephs also contributed several beautifully executed Hebrew inscriptions. On
the evening of Simchath Torah the choir and children were entertained through
the kindness of Mr. Henry Barnett. Mr. Braham Freedman and Mr. Sol Barnet were
Hatan Torah veHatan Bereshith [in Hebrew].
At the annual general meeting of the members the following were elected the
honorary officers for the ensuing year: Mr. I. Seline, President (re-elected);
Mr. Sol Barnett. Treasurer; Mr. Braham Freedman, Honorary Secretary; Committee:
Messrs. Simon Goldberg, Joel Jacobs, A. Freedman, Braham Freedman, and A. Lyons.
Auditors: H. Barnet and S. Lyons'.
24 October 1890, page 6
St John's Wood Synagogue. Rev Harris L. Price of Swansea conducted the entire
service on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
7 November 1890, page 19
Report of Congregational Hebrew Classes, conducted by Rev Harris L. Price,
examined by Rev G. J. Emanuel, has just been received.
Full of praise. 'In all subjects the requirements of the code have been
satisfied. The Biblical history and religious knowledge in the upper strand were
particularly good. Number presented 38'.
2 January 1891, page 21
'WANTED. SITUATION as companion or Housekeeper has had much experience and very
Domesticated. Address Miss Jones, 62, St. Helen's-road, Swansea'.
9 January 1891, page 2
Contribution to 'Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor'. Mrs R Joseph 10s
16 January 1891, page 8
Rev H. L. Price elected by 32 to 30 to be Reader and Secretary of St John's Wood
23 January 1891, page 1
Notice by Harris L. Price thanking for his election. Address 38 Brunswick St,
30 January 1891, page 3
'WANTED, for the SWANSEA HEBREW CONGREGATION, LECTURER and TEACHER. Salary £150
per annum, £30 of which is a subvention from the Provincial Ministers' Fund.
Preference given to one competent to act as a Reader. - Apply with testimonials
to the President, I. Seline, 8, Bellevue-street, Swansea'. [repeated 6
February 1891, page 17]
3 April 1891, page 14
Rev Jacob Phillips of Tredegar conducted services in Swansea on Sabbath last and
gave a sermon. Next day he lectured to a large audience on the Talmud and
examined the children. At a general meeting, Isaac Seline Senior Warden in the
chair, he was unanimously elected minister.
3 April 1891, page 16
'ENGAGEMENT required as COMPANION or HOUSEKEEPER by a thoroughly experienced and
domesticated Jewish lady. Well accustomed to the supervision of House and
Servants, also care and instruction of Children, &c. Address, Miss Jones, 62,
St. Helen's-road, Swansea'[repeated 10 April 1891, page 5]
28 August 1891, page 13
Master Wolf Miron, eldest son of Rev Israel Miron, read the whole Sedrah and the
Haphtorah on Sabbath last on occasion of his barmitzvah.
9 October 1891, page 15
Hatan Torah, Sol Barnet. Hatan Bereshith, Hyman Freedman
6 November 1891, page 19
Mr F.D. Owens has presented a handsome clock and Mr David Harris a beautiful
silver and gold pointer for the Sepher. Mr Sol Barnett and Mr Hyman Freedman
entertained at their residences the members of the congregation on the 25th and
20 November 1891, page 15
Rev Phillips delivered lecture at synagogue on Sunday to Jews and Christians, on
Russia. The local fund is now £300.
At meeting of members of the 'Swansea and [sic] Hebrew Educational Committee'
Sol Barnett elected chairman and Henry Freedman Hon Sec for the ensuing year.
Votes of thanks to Mrs R. Joseph, the Misses Pearlie Goodman, Stella Jacobs,
Lizzie Jacobs and Rose Mendelssohn for their honorary services in connection
with the Sabbath classes. Henry Freedman elected member of committee in place of
George Goodman resigned.
4 December 1891, page 3
Long list of contributors to Russian Fund. Many non-Jews
18 December 1891, page 6
Edward Lloyd Marks RCS &c has been appointed lecturer in Chemistry and Physics
at the College of Pharmacy, Melbourne. He is a brother of Mrs R. Joseph and Mr
M.L. Marks of Swansea
15 January 1892, page 7
'British Sympathy for the Russian Jews'
'The appeal in Swansea has been responded to by contributions to the amount of
£300. The Cambrian, a Swansea paper, supported the suggestion to form a Dorcas
Society in aid of the exiled Jews'.
19 February 1892, page 20
Rev J. Phillips lectured at the Royal Institution of South Wales on 'A Peep into
the Talmud'. [See below 27 May 1892, page 16] He also lectured to the Swansea
Literary Society on ' History of the Jews in Britain'. The lecture was printed
in The South Wales Liberal.
At the distribution of prizes at Swansea Higher Grade School the prize given by
the Mayor was gained by Miss Florrie Freedman, 6th daughter of Abraham Freedman.
On the occasion of his bar mitzvah Master Jacob Goldman, eldest son of Myer
Goodman, offered up a prayer in English in the synagogue.
25 March 1892, page 18
A lecture on 'Jewish Life in Russia', to the St David's Guild, was given by Rev
M Franks in absence of Rev J. Phillips.
Phillips lectured to the Scientific Society on 'Water'.
6 May 1892, page 17
Rev J. Phillips appealed for Swansea General and Eye Hospital. Congregation
At a meeting of the privileged members Dr Lawrence Barnett MD of Hampstead was
unanimously re-elected Delegate to the Board of Deputies.
27 May 1892, page 16
David Seline read paper on the question 'Whether legislation to declare that
publicans have a vested interest in their licences' to the Law Students'
The lecture by Rev J. Phillips, 'A Peep in to the Talmud' which appeared in
weekly instalments in the Swansea Cambrian has been printed in a pamphlet.
8 July 1892, page 16
Rev J. Phillips. candidate for post of Minister, Reader, and Secretary of
[7 October 1892, page 9. He failed to receive any votes. Rev M. Hyamson, once at
Swansea, was elected]
22 July 1892, page 17
AGM of subscribing members of the Swansea General and Eye Hospital. Simon
Goldberg and Rev J. Phillips re-elected members of the Committee of Management.
2 September 1892, page 13
Rev J. Phillips in a sermon on Saturday referred 'feelingly' to the colliery
explosion at Aberkenfig.
14 October 1892, page 16
David F. Owens has presented 2 mantles for the Sepher Torah in memory of his
late brothers and a Megillah. He has on many occasions presented the synagogue
with costly gifts.
21 October 1892, page 19
General meting. Elections. Braham Freedman, Warden and President. Sol Lyons,
Treasurer. Committee of Management, Simon Goldberg, Jacob Marks, Isaac Seline,
Joel Jacobs, Henry Freedman, Sol Barnett, Israel Bloom.
Hebrew Educational Committee, F. David Owens, M. Goldman, P. Mendelsohn, G.
Goodman, D. Harris, D. Levy.
28 October 1892, page 18
Preliminary meting, D. Seline in chair. Resolved to establish 'The Swansea
Jewish Mutual Improvement Society'. Elected: David Seline, President. Jacob C.
Marks, Vice-President. Rev J. Phillips, Hon Sec. Barnett Goldberg Treasurer.
M.L.Marks, Auditor. Committee: Hyam Goldberg, Sol Barnett, Abraham Lyons,
Michael Jacobs, Harris H. Barnett, Ernest Barnett.
16 December 1892, page 19
Inaugural lecture of the Swansea Jewish Mutual Improvement Society on The
pleasures and advantages of education' was given by Rev J. Phillips at the Minor
Drill Hall. Chair, President of the Society Harris H. Barnett. Addresses also by
Ernest Barnett and David Seline.
23 December 1892, page 2
List of contributors to the 'Hanbury Street and Church Row Free Dinners Fund' -
The Misses Goldberg, Swansea £2 2 0
6 January 1893, page 1
Jacob, Henry and Hyman Freedman sends thanks for condolences for father and
13 January 1892, page 18
First public debate of the Mutual Improvement Society at the Minor Drill Hall.
Subject 'Women's Suffrage' :List of participants, all men.
13 January 1893, page 20
'THE Rev J. Phillips, Minister of the Hebrew Congregation, CAN RECOMMEND two
young Jewesses (orphans), one as a Sewing Maid and to make herself generally
useful, the other as Mother's Help. Full particulars given. Apply as above'.
20 January 1893, page 15
Highly successful musical evening in connection with the Mutual Improvement
Society. Chair, Braham Freedman, President of congregation, supported by, among
others, Harris H. Barnett, President of the Society. Programme: Instrumental
solos: Ernest Barnett and Mrs Braham Freedman. Songs: Harry Seline, Michael
Jacobs (whose song was written and composed by Sol Barnett), and Master M.
Joseph. Readings: Mrs R. Joseph, Mr Monte Ahronsberg and David Seline
27 January 1893, page 16
Lecture at the Minor Dill Hall before the members of the Mutual Improvement
Society, on 'Astronomy', by David Harris FSS, Principal of the Navigation
3 February 1893, page 20
Rev J. Philips gave a Public Free Lecture (in place of another who was
indisposed) on 'The Rites and Ceremonies of the Jews'. Well received.
17 February 1893, page 3
'Fund for the Relief of Russian Jewish Fugitives'. 18th list. 'Swansea
Committee, addition. £24 7s 6d'
17 February 1893
Two meetings of the Mutual Improvement Society.
On 5 February Rev J Philips spoke on 'Tom Hood'. In chair David Harris F. Sh. S.
On Sunday last Mrs R Joseph on 'Facts in Rhythmic Form'. She recited many
original verses and acrostics.
19 March 1893, page 1
Rev J. Phillips gave lecture at the Free Library on 'Contrasts: or how each half
of the world lives'. Crowded meeting. Chair, Councillor David Jones who
commented that the lecturer had touched upon a topic which concerned Swansea and
had been before the Council- 'the better housing of the poor'. He proposed that
the lecture be printed and he hoped to hear the lecture again in the Council
17 March 1893 page 18
Rev J. Phillips was among those invited by the Mayor & Mayoress of Swansea to an
'At Home' for the members of a committee who had been instrumental in raising
funds and distributing relief to the unemployed.
5 May 1893, page 19
Rev J. Phillips elected Minister to Sunderland. Quotes the Cambrian Daily News
referring to Phillips's work in Swansea. 'He has endeared himself to all, and
has made himself popular among all the sects in the town. He has opened up a new
era for the Jews in Swansea, and cultivated a most friendly feeling among all
12 May 1893, page 22
Advert. 'WANTED, by the Swansea Hebrew Congregation, MINISTER, Teacher, and
Second Reader. Salary £120 per annum, exclusive of grant from Ministers
Provincial Fund' ; married gentleman preferred; only successful candidates'
Apply with testimonials to
SOL LYONS, Treasurer,
155, High-street, Swansea'
12 May 1893, page 3
Advert. 'SWANSEA. - Visitors can be accommodated with kosher meals, &c., at 28,
9 June 1893, page 17
Rev Philip Wolfers, having been invited, read the services and preached in the
synagogue last Sabbath. On Sunday he addressed and examined the children of the
Swansea Hebrew Schools.
4 August 1893, page 7
Royal Academy of Music. At competition on 27 July for the John Thomas Welsh
Scholarship, Sidney Freedman, son of Mr & Mrs Henry Freedman of Swansea, was
elected the successful candidate. The young violinist, a pupil of Mr Strelitskie,
is not yet 12 years of age and was the youngest of the 9 candidates. [Simon in
25 August 1893, page 14
Annual outing of children on Thursday 17th. They went to a rural spot about 14
miles from Swansea, accompanied by teachers and friends.
Rev P. Wolfers delivered a drosha last Sabbath. 'This innovation excited much
interest among the members'.
27 October 1893, page 16
AGM. Elected. Pres, S. Lyons; Treasurer, D. Harris. Committee: F.D.Owen, J.
Marks, H. Freedman, B. Freedman, I. Bloom, G. Goodman, S. Jacobs. Auditors: M.L.
Marks, B. Behrens. A School Committee was also formed: S. Barnett, P. Freedman,
P. Mendelsohn, W. Myesr, A. Shepherd, P. Manschester, M. Aronsberg.
On Sunday evening inauguration of 2nd session of the Mutual Improvement Society.
3 November 1893, page 20
At half-yearly meeting of Newport (Mon) branch of Chovevei Zion the Rev Philip
Wolfers of Swansea read a paper on 'The Religious Beliefs of Palestine, Past and
9 February 1894, page 16
Jews' Hospital and Orphan Asylum. The number of children from provinces equals
17 per cent of the total.
Manchester 10; Liverpool 7; Leeds 4; Glasgow 4; Birmingham 3; Newcastle 3; Hull
3; Slough 2.. One each from Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leicester, Nottingham,
Oxford, Porth, Southampton, Sunderland, and Swansea.
9 March 1894 page 20
At meeting of the Mutual Improvement Society Rev P Wolfers read paper on origins
of language. Reference to much evidence that Hebrew was the language from which
others were derived.
1 June 1894, page 17
Chief Rabbi's Pastoral Tour, Swansea 22 May. He was met by Reception Committee:
Solomon Lyons and David Harris, (Wardens), S. Goldberg, Jacob Marks, Isaac
Seline, Sol Barnett, B. Freedman, Revs I. Miron and P. Wolfers.
Chief Rabbi and Committee had luncheon at Tintern House, residence of Hyman
Goldberg. In the afternoon he examined the children and delivered an address in
the evening. Later he dined with the chief members at Mr S. Goldberg's, 18
15 June 1894, page 18
The Secretary of the Swansea & District Cricket League has received a silver
medal from Harris H. Barnett of 26, page Street (ex-President of the Mutual
Improvement Society) to be given to the member who has the best bowling average
during the season.
6 July 1894, page 2
4th Report of the Jewish Provincial Ministers' Fund. As communities have grown
in numbers and in wealth they have been able to dispense with the assistance of
the fund - instances Cardiff and Swansea.
20 July 1894, page 22
In sermon last week Rev P. Wolfers appealed for the sufferers of the Albion
Colliery disaster. £10 collected.
7 September 1894, page 6
Letter from Wolfers re the interpretation of the first sentence of Genesis.
18 January 1895, page 21
Children attending the schools of the congregation were taken on Thursday
evening, 10th, to Pool's Myriodrama at the Albert Hall. Arrangements were made
by Rev Wolfers assisted by Mrs Wolfers and Miss S. Mendelson [sic]
1 March 1895, page 17
The Queen has approved the appointment of Hyman Goldberg as Consul for the
Republic of Haiti at Swansea.
26 April 1895, page 21
Simon Goldberg has been appointed a magistrate. He is President of the Swansea
branch of the Anglo-Jewish Association. Is one of the oldest members of the
congregation and has had office of President on several occasions, amounting to
'He has by keen business abilities, kindness of heart, and general moral
rectitude, made himself beloved by, not only his co-religionists, but by all his
fellow-townsmen, and the honour conferred upon him has given satisfaction and
pleasure to the whole of the district'
Rev Wolfers, on 7th day of Passover, devoted a major portion of his sermon to a
consideration of the claims of the
Jews' Hospital and Orphan Asylum on the charity of the community.
10 May 1895, page 9
'Immigration in 1894'
'The reports from Bradford, Bristol, Burton-on-Trent, Darlington, Derby,
Hastings, Merthyr, Northampton, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading,
Sheffield, South Shields, Stockton, Sunderland, Swansea and Wigan, state in the
majority of cases that there are no destitute aliens in the towns dealt with;
where there are any of this class, the numbers are said to be small, and to
either decreased or not appreciably increased in 1894'.
2 August 1895, page 15
Royal Academy of Music. At a recent exam of students of the RAM, Sidney Augustus
Freedman, aged 12, son of Mr & Mrs Henry Freedman of Swansea, gained a silver
medal for sight-singing and reading. He had previously taken the bronze medals
for sight-singing and violin-playing and is the 'John Thomas' scholar at the
4 October 1895, page 18
Services during the High Festivals were conducted by Rev S. Miron assisted by
Simon Goldberg JP. Rev P. Wolfers preached 3 times.
4 October 1895, page 19
Chatan Torah Mr Rubenstein. Chatan Bereshit Mr Sheppard [sic]
22 November 1895, page 14.
'The Maccabaeans' Prize Essays' [provided by Herbert Bentwitch]
1st prize Lilian Goldberg, 62 Walter Street, (private tuition) aged 11.
3 January 1896, page 2
'RESPECTABLE orthodox Jewess; active and cheerful, as useful COMPANION; small
family, moderate salary; servants kept. Address, Mrs Joseph, Heathfield-street,
17 January 1896, page 27
'WANTED, a MOTHER'S HELP' capable of teaching 3 young children Hebrew, English,
and music; and to be handy with the needle; cheerful and fond of children and
willing. Apply with full particulars and salary required to D.M.D., "Western
Mail"" office, Swansea'.
[repeated 31.1.1896, page 21]
28 February 1896, page 20
Purim Prize Competition
A prize awarded to Henriette Van Raalte (15), 4 Rowland Terrace, Welch Rd,
One printed acrostic by Rosabelle Joseph, Swansea.
22 May 1896, page 21
Simon Goldberg JP has presented 'an elegant and elaborate silver crown of bells,
breast-plate, and two pointers'. This is the second gift of 'appurtenances for a
scroll of the law' that Mr & Mrs Goldberg have presented in the last few years.
6 November 1896, page 24
Braham Freedman elected a member of the Borough Council unseating the late
representative of his ward with a majority of 374 votes.
27 November 1896, page 20
The Maccabaeans. Seven people were awarded a Hampstead Foundation Prize for an
essay on 'Manasseh ben Israel and the Resettlement of the Jews in England. One
was Lilian Goldberg, Swansea
18 December 1896, page 24
Among the guests at the Mayor's Reception were Councillor & Mrs Braham Freedman,
Mr & Mrs Hyam Goldberg, and Rev and Mrs Wolfers.
29 January 1897
The Jews Burying
Ground, an article on the Jewish Cemetery in Swansea.
19 February 1897, page 28
In response to Dr Adler's Indian Famine Fund a sermon was delivered by Rev
Wolfers. However, there is a great deal of distress in the district and many
calls are made on the congregation. Thus no systematic collection was made for
this famine appeal. But Rev Wolfers was able to hand to the Mayor the sum of
29 October 1897, page 2
'WANTED, orthodox Jewess, as USEFUL COMPANION, active, cheerful and
domesticated; widow not objected to. Apply to Mrs. Joseph, 8, Heathfield-street,
10 December 1897, page 8
'Jews' Free School'
Moses Angel, headmaster, retires through ill-health.
The Vice-master, L.B. Abrahams, BA, appointed headmaster
He was born Swansea, where his father, Barnett, was hazan. His mother was a
sister of Rev Aaron Levy, a Dayan.
Family went to Manchester in 1845 then to London. L.B. Abrahams was indentured
to Moses Angel as pupil teacher in 1854. Graduated in Arts at UCL. In 1884
became vice-master., Has written several works.
10 December 1897, page 33
AGM of the Benevolent Society. Treasurer, Mrs R. Marks, said that the average
amount spent each week was £1. Isaac Seline elected President. Mrs Marks
re-elected Treasurer, and Rev Wolfers re-elected Hon Sec.
14 January 1898, page 29
The children attending the congregational classes were taken to a performance of
the pantomime 'Robinson Crusie' at the Grand Hotel. The children were regaled
with refreshments during the evening.
11 February 1898, page 2
Jews' Hospital & Orphan Asylum. Election of inmates, including 'Myer Finkelbach
7 October 1898, page 24
Chatan Torah Councillor B. Freedman. Chatan Bereshit David Seline
21 October 1898, page 29
AGM. President Abraham Lyons, re-elected. Michael Jacobs appointed Treasurer.
New Committee: Sol Barnett, I. Seline, B. Goldberg, Btt [sic] Freedman, M.L.
Marks, S. Lyons, P. Mendelson. Auditors: B. Freedman and D. Seline.
2 December 1898, page 28
David Seline, solicitor, has been presented by members of the Swansea and Neath
Incorporated Law Society of which he is Hon Sec with a handsome drawing-room
cabinet, for services rendered by him in connection with the recent visit to
Swansea of the Incorporated Law Society of the UK.
9 December 1898, page 28
AGM of Benevolent Society. The three officers re-elected.
13 January 1899, page 26
As result of special appeal for the hospital Rev Wolfers able to hand over £5
14 April 1899, page 27
Rev Wolfers invited to Cardiff.
28 April 1899, page 2
'SWANSEA HEBREW CONGREGATION
APPLICATIONS are INVITED for the post of MINISTER, Teacher and Reader; salary
£104 per annum, exclusive of any grant which may be made by the Jewish
Provincial Ministers' Fund.
Applications with copies of testimonials to be addressed to the President, Mr.
A. Lyons, 'Milderton', Walter-road, Swansea'.
12 May 1899, page 4
'SWANSEA. - Lessons in Hebrew and German languages are given at pupils'
residences by M.L. Krawitz, of 3A, Neath-road, Hafod, Swansea'.
12 May 1899, page 23
Dr Adler arrived on Friday in the company of S.M. Harris of Southport.. Friday
evening attended synagogue and on Sabbath preached. Mentioned it was 40 years
ago that he preached his first sermon on opening of Swansea synagogue. The
Jewish anxiety to preserve Hebrew resembled the desire of the Welsh that their
literature should not die. Recommended that their children are taught in English
not Yiddish, 'for since they lived in England it was their bounden duty to
cultivate a knowledge of that tongue'.
He was guest of the President A. Lyons on Friday evening and on Saturday at his
residence, 'Milverton', Walter Road.
On Sunday morning he examined the children and thought that the children had
been excellently taught by Wolfers. He distributed prizes.
Sunday afternoon there was a conference at which synagogue affairs were
Sunday evening there was a reception by the President and Mrs Lyons at their
house and later in evening he was at residence of Mr H. Goldberg.
The services were held during the whole of the visit to the synagogue were
conducted by Rev I. Miron and P. Wolfers, minister.
On Monday he left for Pontypridd.
16 June 1899, page 3
'SWANSEA HEBREW CONGREGATION
APPLICATIONS are invited for the Post of MINISTER, Teacher and Second Reader.
Applications with copies of testimonials, to be addressed to the President from
whom further particulars be obtained. Address Mr. A. Lyons, Milverton,
Walter-road, Swansea'. [repeated 23.6.1899 p. 5]
30 June 1899, page 1
Letter from L. Goldberg, 57 Neath Road, Hafod, castigating Zionists who are
abusive towards those who cast doubt on authenticity of political Zionism.
30.6.1899, page 30
'USEFUL COMPANION; orthodox; cheerful and kind; age 35 to 40. State references
and salary required to Mrs. R. Joseph, 8, Heathfield-street, Swansea'.
4 August 1899, page 10
Letter from S. Fyne, Newport, minister-elect of Swansea.
In favour of reviving Friday evening service. '..the synagogue attendance on the
Friday evening has reached the lowest possible ebb, and touched the nethermost
spoke of the religious machinery of the Anglo-Jewish community'.
29 September 1899, page 22
Newport, Mon. Last Sunday Rev S. Fyne was presented with a silver kiddush cup on
his leaving Newport. Expressions of regret on his severing connection with
Newport. Fyne responded: thanks for kindness and generosity and the efforts made
to retain his services, 'but having been pledged to Swansea he could not respond
to the latter, much as he might have wished it'.
6 October 1899, page 26
Fyne preached farewell sermon at Newport on Sabbath last.
Jewish Chronicle, 3 November 1899, page 21
Letter from D. Rotter, 1381 Neath Rd, Swansea, complaining of lack of decorum
etc when he visited Brynmawr synagogue.
10 November 1899, page 19
Letter from B. Isaacs and I. Brest of Brynmawr denying the allegation and
asserted that Rotter was aiming to induce a split in the community such as he
did at Swansea and attempted at Pontypridd.
12 January 1900, page 26
Fyne preached special sermon in aid of the War Fund..'...every nation has a
mission on earth to fulfil. To the English nation Providence
would seem to have delegated the task of spreading civilisation - to bring about
the equality of races, and the brotherhood of man'.
9 February 1900, page 23
H. Halpern, representing the English Zionist Federation, addressed a crowded
meting at the Temperance Hall. Rev S. Fyne in the chair.
Resolution, moved from the chair, seconded by Mr T. Shepherd, and supported by
A. Levy and Mr Rabbinowitz, pledged support for the movement as formulated by
the Basle Congress.
16 March 1900, page 10
Death of Pte Edward Levy, Prince Alfred's Volunteer Guard. A former pupil of
Westminster Jews' Free School. His father, Samuel Levy, was clothier in Swansea.
After his death the family came to London 13 years ago. Edward was only son.
left 6 sisters. Was in employ of Raphael Tuck & Sons. [In fact family went
to Manchester in early 1880s and later went to London]
8 June 1900, page 1
Mrs Fonseca, on account of serious illness is unable to resume her duties and
says good bye. 9 Grove Place, Swansea [In 1901 Census this was house of Isaac
Seline, whose wife was sister to Rachel Fonseca. Household included her blind
son, B. Fonseca].
2 November 1900, page 29
General meeting of congregation. Abraham Lyons in chair. to 'genuine regret of
the entire congregation' he could not be prevailed on to allow himself to be
Elected: President, Michael Jacobs. Treaasurer, David Seline.
Committee of Management: A.Lyons, Braham B. Freedman, Sol Lyons, A. Shepherd, A.
Degotts, A. Levy, A. Rubinstein. Auditors: F.D.Owen and S. Solomon
7 December 1900, page 22
Mr J. de Haas, Hon Sec of the English Zionist Federation, addressed a mass
meeting at the Temperance Hall. Rev S. Fyne, president of the local branch,
moved resolution pledging support, seconded by D. Saul supported by I.
Rubenstein and Wisebord.
21 December 1900, page 23
Illuminated address presented to Abraham Lyons, 70 signatures. The text referred
to his having served for 11 years as committeeman, Treasurer, President and Hon
Sec.. 'Special stress is laid on what is the unanimous opinion of the entire
congregation, that the harmony now happily prevailing in the Swansea Jewish
community is in no small measure due to the tact and conciliatory attitude
displayed by Mr. Lyons during his term of office as President'.
21 December 1900, page 32
Last Sunday a Children's Chanucah Party was held. Upwards of 70 children. After
service went to the Temperance Hall for substantial tea, supervised by Mrs M.
Jacobs and Mrs D. Seline, wives of the Wardens assisted by a representative
Ladies Committee. On the following day there was a magic lantern entertainment
worked by W and S Miron, sons of Rev I. Miron. There was a performance of music
and recitations. Julian Freedman played solo violin. Piano by Mabel and Doris
Owen. Solos by M. Levy and Miss Miron. Songs and recitations by H. Rotter, A.
Goodman, N. Seline, H. Harris, M. Shepherd, D. Solomon, S. Rubinstein, and A.
Followed by the presentation to A, Lyons.
28 December 1900, page 33
Passing reference to Rev Raymondo Coen of Swansea
4 January 1901, page 30
General Meetng of the Swansea Benevolent Society. Re-elected I. Seline sen.
President; Mrs M.L. Marks, Treasurer; Rev S. Fyne and W. Miron, Auditors. 'The
balance sheet was presented and showed that good work had been done amongst the
resident poor of the town'.
1 February 1901, page 30
At the weekly meetings of the local Zionist and Literary Association these
papers were read during the last month. Rev S. Fyne, 'Daniel'; Mr J. Shepherd
'What is Zionism?'; Mr A. Levy ' The Zionist Movement during the Babylonian
Captivity'. 'All the meetings were well attended and the Society is making real
15 February 1901, page 8
Among list of advance subscribers to the Jewish Encyclopaedia
H. Goldberg, shipowner, Swansea; B. Goldberg, shipowner, Swansea; A. Lyons,
Swansea; Rev S. Fyne, Swansea
10 May 1901, page 29
Special General Meeting. Michael Jacobs, :President in chair. Michael L. Marks
and Rev S. Fyne unanimously elected Treasurer and Hon Sec respectively.
21 June 1901, page 19
In general article about sharing pulpits.
South Wales congregations have initiated interchange of pulpits. Bristol
Newport, Cardiff and Swansea will occupy each other's pulpits at regular
'The provinces have always been regarded as the training ground for young
ministers, where they serve an apprenticeship that should fit them to occupy
important posts in London'. Perhaps they could obtain acquaintanceship with
metropolitan pulpits by periodical visits but if cost and distance too much then
such local arrangements are a step towards it.’
5 July 1901, page 29
H. Halpern of Manchester, the well-known Juedisch lecturer on Zionism, at
invitation of Swansea Zionist Society, gave an address last Sunday to a crowded
meeting. He said that Zionism had entered a new phase and the time for speaking
was at an end and now time for action.
Cheering news from Constantinople. The usual resolution was passed proposed by
Rev S. Fyne, seconded by T. Shepherd supported by A. Rubenstein. Vote of thanks
to lecture proposed from the chair seconded by H. Zeligman. Similar compliment
to chair proposed by L.L. Weisbard and seconded by S. Salaman.
19 July 1901, page 24
Article by Rev S. Fyne on 'The 9th of Ab'.
9 August 1901, page 7
Letter from Rev S. Fyne responding to an anti-Zionist correspondent
16 August 1901, page 1
Engagement. Rose, 2nd daughter of Mr & Mrs L. Lipman, 7 Worcester Place,
Swansea, late Chazan and Shochet of Aberdare to Simon Chinn of Aberaman and
20 December 1901, page 31
Chanucah treat on 12th. Over 100 children sat down to a substantial tea. Magic
lantern show by W. and S Miron. Violin recital, songs and recitations by
children. Fruit and sweets. Arranged by Mrs H. Goldberg (wife of President),
assisted by Mrs Abraham Lyons, Mrs R. Joseph, Mrs M.L. Marks, Mrs S. Fyne and
Mrs I. Miron. Miss Barnett (sister of the Treasurer), Mrs Sol Lyons, Mrs A.
Rubenstein, Mrs P. Mendleson, Mrs D. Seline, the Misses D. Barnett, Levi and
Rubenstein gave their services. Mr H. Goldberg (President)n and his colleague in
office E. Barnett also gave their services.
3 January 1902, page 35
Meeting convened by the Swansea Jewish Watch Committee at the Temperance Hall,
Orchard Street. Mr P. Shepherd in the chair. Object: 'to protest against the
action of the Swansea Hebrew Congregation in refusing a vote to members paying
1s. a week'.
Resolved: that application be made to the Swansea Hebrew Congregation for the
enrolment of one shilling members in the privileged list of voting members. If
refused the Chairman and the Committee to take steps towards establishing a new
31 January 1902, page 21
'Letter from the Front'
Pte L. Abrahams writes to his sister Mrs Lewis, 44 Princess Street, Swansea.
Editorial note: Pte Abrahams arrived in England 3 years ago from Russia, at the
age of 21. His father is being pursued by the Russian authorities for payment of
300 roubles through his son's avoidance of military service in Russia. He was a
traveller in jewellery prior to volunteering for the front some 12 months ago]
21 February 1902, page 28
Annual meeting of the Incorporated Law Society of Swansea and Neath. David
Seline was for the 7th time re-elected Treasurer and Hon Sec. Unanimously
resolved to present him with a bookcase. This in addition to a silver cigarette
case which was presented last month by the Past Presidents of the Society as a
mark of their personal regard.
21 March 1902, page 26
Article by S. Fyne on 'Purim - its Cheering Message'
21 March 1902, page 32
Formal opening of the Beth Hasepher (Hebrew Classes) last Sunday at the
Temperance Hall. Rev H. Macht of Cardiff delivered an address.
28 March 1902, page 10
Profile of Rev M. Hyamson BA, LlB, now a Dayan. Born Russia 1863 came to England
at early age. Student of Jews' College and UCL. BA 1883 and appointed minister
at Swansea - the first and for a time remaining the only Jewish minister, as
distinct from Reader, in South Wales'.
Five years there and travelled all over Wales. At Swansea lectured on Jewish
themes at the Royal Institute of South Wales.
4 April 1902, page 28
Performance of 'Ahasuerus' by Goldfaden at the Shaftesbury Hall in aid of the
JNF by the Swansea Jewish Young Men's Dramatic Society. Artistes were P.
Sherman, J. Dagots [sic], Rosenfeld, Hyman, L. Weisbard, Horowitz, A. Symons,
Miss Snipper and Miss Dagots. Mr A. Symonds trained the children. Mr S. Salomons
was Managing Director. Mr P. Sherman wrote for the programme a long introduction
to the play.
6 June 1902, page 24
Meeting to consider forming a Jewish Literary Society. Decided unanimously to
proceed to be called the Swansea Jewish Literary Society.
Chairman H. Goldberg (President of congregation) for ensuing year. Abraham Lyons
vice-president. Delegates elected for forthcoming Conference: Mrs R. Joseph, D.
Seline, W. Miron.
Provisional committee elected to draw up rules.
Swansea Jewish Mutual Loan Society. Half-yearly meeting. Capital £52 16s. loans
circulated £91 7s. K. Baddil, B. Baddil, and H. Coffman elected Overseer,
Treasurer, and Hon Sec respectively for six months.
27 June 1902, page 20
At recent examination of the International Musical Incorporation held at
Swansea, Master Max Shepherd passed pianoforte exam with honours in 1st class.
174 marks out of possible 200. This is his 3rd successful exam in 18 months.
18 July 1902, page 2
Jews' Hospital and Orphan Asylum. Election of pupils. Joseph Rosenberg of
Swansea top with 593 votes.
18 July 1902, page 29
Zionist meeting at the Temperance Hall. Banner presented to the local Zionist
Society by lady Zionists. About 25 Shekolim sold, many new members enrolled, and
a collection made for the JNF.
25 July 1902, page 1
Mrs Rosenberg thanks all those ladies and gentlemen who kindly recorded their
votes in favour of her son Joseph Rosenberg and secured his election to the
Jews' Hospital and Orphan Asylum at the head of the poll.
25 July 1902, page 21
Agnes Lilian Goldberg, Swansea, passed London University matriculation..
25 July 1902, page 27
'New Jewish School Rooms in Swansea'
School accommodation was a long-felt want. In past have used a School Board
school but the school used in the last 2 years was not central enough. Mr & Mrs
Simon Goldberg, whose golden wedding is approaching, looked for a site but it
was unattainable, so paid for accommodation 'under the roof of the synagogue'.
Paid £250 for structural alterations. In recognition of this gift two small
marble tablets were installed, one in the Hall recording a resolution passed by
a General Meeting which elected Mr Goldberg Hon Life-President of the synagogue
and another in the schoolroom recording the fact. Last Sunday the schoolroom was
formally opened. The tablets were unveiled by Abraham Lyons. Also F.D. Owen
spoke 'with whom the proposal for the formal recognition originated'
15 August 1902, page 22
On Sunday last the newly-formed Swansea Jewish Literary Society held a general
meeting. The rules were passed. Committee of Management elected: Mrs R. Joseph.
Miss Jones, Messrs A. Deggots, Sol. Freedman, B.. Goldberg, M. Jacobs, A. Levy,
Sol Lyons, D. Seline, and P. Sherman
22 August 1902, page 5
Letter from Hyam Goldberg on 'The Voting System at the Jews' Hospital and Orphan
Has been recent correspondence on this subject. Thinks proposal put forward
would be to disadvantage of provincial candidates who would have very little
chance of being elected..
At the last election the writer and others interested themselves in a local and
most deserving case 'and thanks to the efforts of a large number of friends' the
candidate was elected. But just before, he had appealed to the Committee for
support and 'was informed indirectly' that provincial candidates had very little
chance of securing any votes at the disposal of the Committee. The Committee
personally investigates any London case but are not in a position to judge the
merits of the provincial cases.
It may be said that the provinces do not contribute proportionately to the
institution and admits that more could and should be done to support charitable
institutions but the provinces contribute as liberally as London, having regard
to their numbers and the calls made upon them.
29 August 1902, page 6
Letter from S. Louis Harris, Tredegar.
Gives figures for contributions &c by local provincial congregations to the
Jews; Hospital ...
Centre of branch No. of Paying Seatholders No. of subscribers Total contributed
Bristol 74 15 £9. 9 .0
Cardiff 107 (1 child in institution) 29 16.16 .0
Merthyr 26 4 3. 3. 3
Newport 11 (3 children in institution) 11 5. 5. 0
Pontypridd 23 1 10. 6
Swansea 86 (2 children in institution) 16 13.13.. 0
& Breconshire 36 33 18.18. 0
Proud of position in the list which is because of superior organisation. 'We
have not allowed the conflicting elements of congregational matters to come
between us in this noble charity, and our officers are all workers, not
figureheads to grace the printed lists, and to work more effectively they are so
appointed that every district has its worker'.
5 September 1902, page 22
Meeting at Llanelly (including Mr Lippman [sic]. Swansea - described in Swansea
1901 Census as 'Jewish Minister'). Decided to buy Sepher Torah in London and 'to
inform the Swansea Congregation that the Llanelly Jews had not withdrawn from
26 September 1902, page 29
Monthly meeting of the Committee of the Swansea Jewish Literary Society. Letter
read from A.M. Hyamson, Hon Sec of thr Union of Jewish Literary Societies, that
Dr J. Newman will deliver the opening address at the inaugural meeting of the
Society on 2 November. Also a letter from Bertram Jacobs saying that he will
read a paper on the 1st Sunday in February.
Rev A. Levin delivered an address in the King's Hall to a large audience on 'Why
they should be Zionists'. Lecture much appreciatd and he was invited to lecture
again next Sunday.
10 October 1902, page 31
For the first time an overflow service was held in the King’s Hall. Presided
over by Abraham Lyons and Michael Jacobs, ex-Wardens. The services in both
places were conducted by the Revs Fyne and Miron assisted by octogenarian Simon
Goldberg, JP (who read Musaph on the 2nd day) and Mr S. Solomon, and in the Hall
by D. Taub [sic]. On the Saturday Rev Fyne made his annual appeal on behalf of
the Hospital Sunday Fund.
10 October 1902, page 33
At recent exam under the Central Welsh Board of Education Harry Lyons, son of Mr
Sol Lyons, Stockwell Villas, Heathfield-road, gained junior certificate with
honours in English language, French, Latin and Arithmetic.
17 October 1902, page 2
'Society for Providing Strangers with meals on Sabbaths and Holydays'.
Per Rev M. Hyamson, F.D. Owen, 10s/6d
17 October 1902 pp.7-8
Advance subscribers to Jewish Encyclopaedia.
Rev S. Fyne, Barnett Goldberg, Hyam Goldberg, Abraham Lyons.
7 November 1902, page 31
Dr J. Snowman, a Vice-president of the Union of Jewish Literary Societies, last
Saturday night delivered the inaugural address of the newly-formed Swansea
Jewish Literary Society. In the King's Hall and the auditorium 'was literally
packed'. He said main object of the Societies 'is to infuse Jewish intellectual
life into the Jewish body politic - to get the Jew to know himself' through a
knowledge and through acquaintance with their own history and literature. He
read a paper 'The Position of Judaism in the Conflict between Religion and
14 November 1902, page 2
Contributions towards fund re a disastrous fire at Tredegar.
S. Goldberg & Sons, 2.2.0. Mrs R. Joseph 1.0.0., Messrs Levi Brothers 10s 6d.
Henry Barnett 10s 6. Michael Jacobs 10s.6d.
[JC 31 October 1902, page 3. Appeal for funds because fire resulted in the loss
of life of the wife of Mr S.N. Levene, Shohet and Reader of the Tredegar
congregation, leaving 2 children aged 2 and 3 months.
Other occupants of the house, Ellen Marks sister of the deceased and
brother-in-law Harry Levene, both sustained severe injuries and are in the local
infirmary and fear that they will be incapacitated for some time. The young
woman broke a window and threw a child to someone in the crowd. She jumped but
severed one of the arteries in her arm.]
21 November 1902, page 33
Committee of local Public Library, under whose auspices free lectures are
delivered every Saturday evening in the winter, invited Rev S. Fyne to give a
lecture which he did last Saturday on 'Ten Tribes'. This was well received and
has been asked to give another one.
On Sunday Rev Fyne gave the 2nd lecture to the Literary Society on 'Samaritans'.
28 November 1902, page 31
Leeds. Lecture delivered on Friday evening by Mr Sherman of Swansea on
5 December 1902, page 27
(1) The Swansea Zionist Association held its annual meeting at the Synagogue
Chambers. The society
has been inscribed in the 'golden book of honour'. During the last 16 months £37
paid to the Joint Share Club, £28 towards JNF, £8 4s Shekolim, £2 19s 8d
Federation fees, £1 towards the Coronation Medal, and £10 on lectures and
Elected for ensuing year: A. Levy, President (re-elected); Rev S. Fyne,
Vice-president; Samuel Solomon, Treasurer; L. Weisbard, Hon Sec. (re-elected).
Messrs Simon Solomon, K. Baddil, M. Goodman, M.A. Shepherd, H. Seligman, M.
Galkin, N. Goidgen, H. Factor, M. Sefstein, W. Lawrence, D. Saul, Committee.
Auditors H. Coffman, M. Sefstein.
(2) The public meeting of the Swansea Zionist and Library Association,
originally for December 7, has been postponed because Father Ignatius unable to
attend on tha date.
(3) Half-yearly meeting of Swansea Hebrew Mutual Loan Society. Rev S. Fyne in
chair. Balance sheet income, principally for weekly contributions, of £12 8s, a
capital of £88.14s, loan circulation of £89 15s.
New rule adopted 'That the Society admits new members twice a year at its
half-yearly general meetings. That the same be advertised, or otherwise made
known, a month before, so that those in the town or neighbourhood, who wish to
become members, may send in their applications to the Hon.Secretary, all such
applications to come before the general meeting, who have the power to admit or
refuse to admit the various applicants. H. Coffman and B. Baddil re-elected and
M.A. Shepherd elected Hon Sec, Treasurer, and Overseer respectively.
5 December 1902, page 28
Naturalisations in November: Simon Mendelsohn, 11 Barlais [sic] Crescent,
12 December, page 2
Jews’ Hospital & Orphan Asylum. Acknowledge receipt of £10 10s from Simon
Goldberg on his Golden Wedding.
12 December 1902, page 28
9th annual meting of the Swansea Jewish Benevolent Society last Sunday. Income
£35(?). Expenditure £39(?). A. Lyons re-elected President, Mrs M.L. Marks
re-elected Treasurer, Miss Barnett Hon Sec declined to stand for re-election on
the ground that ‘no one should have a monopoly in serving the Society’. Mrs B.
Goldberg elected in her place. The Committee was re-elected. Auditors: W. Miron
(re-elected), N. Rubenstein.
26 December 1902, page 3
1. Kiddush cup presented to Mr S. Goldberg JP on occasion of his golden wedding
2. David Seline gave paper to Swansea Jewish Literary society ‘and others’ in
the King’s Hall on ‘ The Jews in Rome and Greece after the Dispersion’.
9 January 1903, page 23
Rev J. Polack of Clifton College spoke on ‘Shylock’ to the Literary Society.
9 January 1903, page 32
Order Achei Brith. At invitation of Messrs Levinson and Snipper 3 delegates
representing the Cardiff Lodge of the Grand Order Achei Brith visited Swansea
for the purpose of forming a Lodge. This was formed and 27 members enrolled.
M.A. Shepherd, W. Lawrence, L. Snipper, and M. Rosenfeld elected President,
Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary respectively. The Secretary was
instructed to communicate with Mr I. Zangwill to obtain his permission to name
the Lodge after him. [Note. Morris Rosenfeld in 1901 Census at Mountain Ash]
Cambrian 16 January 1903
Swansea Property Committee. Application for extension of Jews’ Burial Ground
agreed. Land sold for £150.
Jewish Chronicle, 16 January 1903, page 37
Last Thursday week concert in the Shaftesbury Hall under the auspices of the
Literary Society at which local Jewish talent was displayed in pianoforte
selections, violin solos, song, and recitations.
Also the meeting presented Mr & Mrs Miron with testimonial on their silver
wedding. He has been hazan and shochet for past 2 years. The testimonial was a
silver kiddush cup, a pair of silver candlesticks, and a purse of gold.
16 January 1903, page 38
At recent exam of the London College of Music held at Swansea Reuben Freedman,
11 years, obtained certificate for violin playing 3rd grade.
23 January 1903, page 31
Abraham Lyons, vice-president of the Literary Society, gave paper at the King’s
Hall, on ’The Importance of Jewish History for Jews’
30 January 1903, page 29
On Sabbath last Rev Philip Wolfers, late minister at Swansea, preached at the
synagogue at Forest Gate on the occasion of bar mitzvah.
20 February 1903, page 35
Report of first session of Newport’s Jewish Literary Society included note that
David Seline gave paper on ‘The Jews of ‘Rome and Greece after the Dispersion’.
29 February 1903, page 36
Debate on the question, ‘Is Political Zionism the Solution to the Jewish
Question?’ by the Literary Society last Sunday. Chair Barnett Goldberg. Abraham
Levy opened in affirmative, Abraham Lyons in negative. Hyman Goldberg, Rev S.
Fyne, and M.A. Shepherd also spoke. Affirmative carried by 3 votes.
27 February 1903, page 7
Letter from S. Fyne, minister, 46 Carlton Terrace, Swansea. On 17th a poor man
died in the street. Items on him proved he was Jew and the Jewish community
buried him. Among his papers was old card of the dissolved Ladies’ Tailors’
Union which gave his name as Miller Braize or Price. But in 2 Hebrew prayer
books name stamped in Hebrew as Woolf Pressman. Believed to have been travelling
tailor aged about 60.
[Note. Death registered as Wolf Preis March 1903 aged 60 Swansea 11a 572]
6 March 1903, page 3
Death on 7 February at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Harris Joseph, late
pawnbroker, aged 74. Sorrowing children Mrs S. Shapiro, Mrs I Benjamin, Joe,
Phoebe, Moss, and Rosie. Shiva at 10 Gorse Lane, Swansea.
13 March 1903, page 36
Quarterly meeting of the Zionist Society. Sam Solomon, Treasurer, submitted
financial report for quarter ending 2 February. Income £19 11s. Of that £10 2s
went to the Share Club and £4 to the National Fund. The meeting favoured the
formation of a District Committee at Cardiff of all Zionist Societies in S Wales
The question of establishing a Union of all provincial societies in Manchester
or any part of the UK was rejected.
The Wardens of the Beth Hamedrash have offered their services to sell shekolim
and it was resolved to ask the officers of the other Jewish organisations in
Swansea to follow this example.
10 April 1903, page 31
Conference of delegates of the South Wales Zionist Societies at Cardiff to
discuss advisability of forming a S Wales District Committee.
17 April 1903, page 28
First annual meeting of the Swansea Jewish Literary Society. Elected: President
A. Lyons; VicePresident D. Seline; Treasurer S. Freedman; Sec W. W. Miron.
Committee: Mrs R. Joseph, Rev S. Fyne, Messrs H. Goldberg, M. Jacobs, S. Lyons,
B. Goldberg, M. Mendleson, M. Joseph, N. Rubenstein, and A. Nathan.
H. Goldberg read paper on ‘Anglo-Judaism in the Nineteenth Century’.
1 May 1903, page 1
Death on 24 April on board S.S. ’Oravia’ on way to England, of Moss Montague
Moses of Iquique (Chile). Son of the late Emanuel and Esther Moses of Swansea.
Grief of wife, children, brothers and sisters. 24 Brighton Rd, Stoke Newington.
1 May 1903, page 31
The Talmudical Class under the auspice of the Zionist and Literary Association
met on Saturday when the Masechat Sabbath was discussed. On Sunday a general
meeting of the Association was held to arrange the details of the demonstration
on 7 inst when Father Ignatius is to be chief speaker. The proceeds of the
raffle of 2 framed pictures presented by M. Rosenfeld and M. Koffman have been
handed to the National Fund.
8 May 1903, page 31
Naturalisations in April. Louis Snipper, 34 Carlton Terrace, Swansea
5 June 1903, page 27
Naturalisations in May. Simon Fyne, 46 Carlton Terrace, Swansea
19 June 1903, page 38
Reference to the installation of the Israel Zangwill Lodge no. 21 of Order Achei
Brith, founded last January at Swansea.
23 October 1903, page 31
Session of the Literary Society opened by Albert M. Hyamason, Hon Sec of the
Union who read paper on ‘Five Centuries of Anglo-Jewish History’ Explained new
idea of Marranos in England between expulsion and readmission.
27 November 1903, page 33
Third paper to Literary Society, by David Seline, Vice-president of the Society.
On ‘David Garrick’. The chairman, Abe Lyons, President of the Society, read
Goldsmith’s Epitaph on Garrick.
Last Sunday annual meeting of the Swansea Jewish Benevolent Society. Elected
President, Mrs M.L. Marks; Treasurer, Mrs A. Rubenstein; Hon Sec, Mrs B.
Goldberg (re-elected); Committee, Mesdames R. Joseph, H. Goldberg, P. Mendleson,
A. Lyons, M. Jacobs, S. Fyne, I. Miron, A. Deggotts, the Misses Barnett and
Levi, Abe Lyons, B. Goldberg, and E. Barnett. Auditors, Mrs David Seline, Mr M.
4 December 1903, page 27
Fourth paper to Literary Society by Hyam Goldberg (President of the
congregation) on ‘History and Influence of the Talmud’.
18 December 1903, page 27
Paper to the Literary Society by S.J. Heilbron (London) on ’Wit, Wisdom and
Women of the Talmud’.
18 December 1903, page 32. Meeting of the Israel Zangwill Lodge 21,
Swansea, of Achei Brith.
Elected, President M.A. Shepherd (re-elected); Vice-president M. Rosenfeld,
Marshalls, Messrs L. Levinson and J. Black; Trustees Messrs S. Solomon, and A.
Among correspondence was letter from Rev S. Fyne in reply to a letter intimating
that he was an honorary member . He refused as he could not associate himself
with a society which bore then name of a person ‘who had lately broken the
Covenant’. Discussed at length and passed resolution that while regretting the
action of Mr Zangwill, ‘the Lodge expressed unabated confidence in him as a
worker in the noble cause of elevating Jews and Judaism’ and decided to continue
its name as before.
15 January 1904, page 27
Rev J. Abelson BA of Bristol read paper to the Literary Society on ‘Some
characteristics of Old Jewish Home Life’ -Jewish hospitality, table customs etc.
22 January 1904, page 1
Death on 13 January at 18 Northampton Place in her 74th year Hinda Goldberg,
wife of Simon, mother of Hyam and Barnett, Mrs Isaac Samuel, Cardiff, [Isabella
Goldberg], and Mrs Harry Samuel, 9 Lauderdale Mansions, MaidaVale [Bertha
22 January 1904, pages 12-13
Obituary of Hinda Goldberg. She was very religious. She looked after the
synagogue vestments which for over a quarter century she provided at her own
22 January 1904, page 32
Ahavath Zion Share Society. At a meeting it was decided to amalgamate with the
Swansea Zionist & Literary Society. Elected for the Joint Societies: President,
D. Crystal; Vice-president, D. Saul; Treasurer, H. Deggotts; Hon Sec M.
Committee: Mesdames Crystal and Levy; Messrs E. Deggotts, Simon Solomon, M.A.
Shepherd, N. Bromish (?), A. Levy, N. Lawrence, H. Zeligman, and Glosberg.
Balance Sheet of Ahavath Zion Share Society: Income £56 17s 9d. Of this sum 48
shares in the Jewish Colonial Trust were purchased and distributed among the
members. Expenditure for the year, £ 16s 6d.
12 February 1904, page 31
Paper ‘The Last Jewish Revolt’ to the Literary Society read by Abraham Lyons
(President), Sol Lyons presided.
19 February 1904, page 2
‘Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor’
List of donations including Mrs F.D. Owen, 5s.
19 February 1904, page 32
General Council of the South Wales & Monmouthshire Zionist District Committee
held at Brynmawr. Reference to ‘The co-operation of the two Swansea Societies
26 February 1904, page 33
Paper on ‘The Siege of Ladysmith’ read by M. Mendleson who was in Ladysmith
during the siege.
25 March 1904, page 27
Letters of administration of the effects of Mrs Hinda Goldberg who died
intestate given to her husband. Value of estate £76 19s 8d.
1 April 1904, page 23.
Article by Rev S. Ftne, ‘Why eat Matzo?’
15 April 1904, page 27
2nd annual meeting of the Swansea Jewish Literary Society. Elected for ensuing
President, David Seline; Vice-president and Hon Sec, Rev S. Fyne; Treasurer,
Committee: Mrs R. Joseph, Messrs Hyman Goldberg, A. Lyons, Sol Lyons, A. Levy,
A. Deggotts, S. Freedman S. Miron, M. Mendleson, and M. Rosenfeld together with
15 April 1904, page 29
Naturalisations in March
Paul Schenker, 6 Goat Street, Swansea. (?)
13 May 1904, page 32
Largely attended meeting of the Zionist and Share Society at the King’s Hall.
Resolution deeply deploring death of Col A.E.W. Goldsmid.
A lecture by Rev S. Fyne ‘Zionism, Past, Present and Future’ followed.
8 July 1904, page 34
M.B. writes: re the JC report of the annual conference of the Union of Jewish
Literary Societies at which David Seline made a sweeping charge against the
foreign element: ‘they in Swansea invited them, or some of them, to attend each
of their meetings “free of charge” .’
This was news to the writer. He knew of no Literary meeting (except for the
first, to establish the Society) where the public received a printed invitation
(cf the Zionist Society which did so invite people). ‘If anything, the
foreigners were plainly given to understand at the first meeting that they were
not wanted, at least not until such time as they had thoroughly mastered the
English language. The appeal of some forty to fifty foreign Jews at that
meeting, that permission should be given to the Rev. S. Fyne to explain in
Yiddish the meaning of “Literary” Society and its objects, was made in vain, and
several foreigners left the Hall in disgust’.
22 July 1904, page 27
Royal Visit to Swansea. The royal procession halted opposite the hospital where
an address was offered to their Majesties by the chairman of the Board of
Managers, Hyam Goldberg. Mr Samuel Eistein of Cardiff represented the Mory line
of steamers at the ceremony of the cutting of the first sod of the new dock by
the king and was present at the subsequent luncheon.
29 July 1904, page 28
Hyam Goldberg, mentioned last week, is president of the Hebrew Congregation.
The South Wales Daily Post, on the day of the Royal Visit, printed
‘Appreciations’ of His Majesty in as many languages as could be procured. Rev S.
Fyne wote in Hebrew.
At recent meeting of the Swansea Guardians Mr Stevens moved that 6s weekly be
paid in respect of Jewish orphans. Sir
J.T. Llewellyn said he understood that there were 4 orphans the father having
died about 2 years before and the mother recently. The 4 would be cared for by
the Jewish community but all they asked was 6s for the 2 in a home. This was
11 November 1904, page 27
The Literary Society held an inter-town debate (Swansea and Newport) in Swansea
on ‘The system of selecting ministers needs amendment’. In favour of motion,
Newport, against Swansea. Negatived by a large majority.
9 December 1904, page 36
Rev S. Fyne had examined the children of Merthyr.
9 December 1904, page 38
Rev S. Fyne examined children of Aberavon.
23 December 1904, page 28
D. Seline read paper to the Merthyr and District Jewish Literary and Social
Society on ‘The Jews of Greece after the Depression’.
Cambrian, 2 January 1905
Marriage on 22 December 1904 in South Africa of Rosalie Joseph late of Swansea
to Louis Tubach of South Africa.
Jewish Chronicle, 6 January 1905, page 27
Mr J. Nestor Schnurmann of Cheltenham College read paper to the Literary Society
on ‘Russian Literature’.
An illuminated address bearing 100 signatures was presented to Hyam Goldberg
ex-President of the congregation at the King’s Hall. He has been closely
associated with congregational affairs for upwards of 25 years and president for
the last 3. He added schoolrooms, helped to enlarge burial ground, he created
the Ladies’ Holy Vestment Society, took initiative in repairing the Scrolls of
the Law, and was the inspiration behind the formation of the Literary Society.
13 January 1905, page 26
Bro. A. Lyons installed as Worshipful Master of the Indefatigable Lodge of
Freemasons no. 237, formed 1776. First Jew to occupy this position. He is
ex-president of the congregation and is still on the committee. Also is on
committee of every charitable organisation as well as of the Literary Society.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 January 1905, page 37
Mr M. Mendelson [sic] of Swansea read paper to the Merthyr and District Jewish
Literary and Social Society on ‘My experiences during the siege of Ladysmith’.
Jewish Chronicle, 17 February 1905, page 3
‘National Tribute for the Children of Dr. Herzl’. Several contributions from
3 March 1905, page 20
Letter from ‘South Wales’.
Most congregations in South Wales have only a shochet, most of whom have little
knowledge of Judaism. There are only two ministers, Rev S. Fyne at Swansea and
Rev I. Raffalovitch of Merthyr. Thus there is little provision for spiritual and
therefore much intermarriage. Need another minister who could visit smaller
10 March 1905, page 35
Meeting of Swansea Zionist Society. Resolved to reorganise the Society.
Elected: President, A. Levy; Treasurer, Rev S. Fyne; Hon Sec, S. Rubenstein;
Committee: D. Saul, J. Cohen, L. Lawrence, M. Cohen,
M. Mendleson, S. Weisbard, E. Deggotts.
10 March 1905 -31 March 1905
Letters in response. Some agree with analysis in part, others disagree.
14 April 1905, page 35
The Sabbath and Festival Meals Society held their annual meeting. B. Goldberg
presided. Balance sheet adopted. Rev S. Fyne re-elected Treasurer. Committee:
Rev I. Miron, I. Seline, A. Deggotts, A. Rubenstein, and I. Nathan, re-elected.
Auditors: I. Seline and S. Lyons.
12 May 1905, page 36
Quarterly meeting of the Isaac Zangwill Lodge no. 21 Swansea, of the Order Achei
Brith. Elected [all Brothers]: President, D. Seline; Vice-president, L. Hyman;
Treasurer, L. Snipper; Secretary, H. Silverstone; Marshalls, J. Black, H.
Zeligman; Inside Guardian, D.Rosenbaum; Trustees, J. Struck, W. Lawrence, E.
Marcus; Committee, A. Levy, P. Levy, M. Safter, E. Kirshner, N. Lidgen, B.
Badiel, S. Bernstone and L. Barnett; Auditors, H. Glyn and S. Mendelsohn.
Delegate to G.L. D. Seline.
2 June 1905, page 31
Third annual meting of the Swansea Jewish Literary Society.
Elected: President, D. Seline; Vice-president, A. Levy; Treasurer, B. Goldberg
(2nd year); Hon Sec, W. Miron.
A Zionist meeting was held at the King’s Hall, A. Levy, President in the chair.
Mr A. Val Frankenstein of London gave an address. Rev S. Fyne appealed for more
members and about 80 joined.
22 September 1905, page 28
Public meeting under the auspice of the Swansea Branch of the Russian Jews’
Self-Defence Association was held in the Albert Hall, Swansea. S. Green,
President, in he chair. Addressed by Revs S. Fyne and W. Tudor Jones PhD, and Mr
Matt Giles. Lily Shepherd, Secretary, read messages of sympathy Collection made
and several new members enrolled.
6 October 1905, page 23
First reference to Rev M. Lubner at Swansea. Services conducted by Revs S. Fyne,
I. Miron, And M. Lubner [and Simon Goldberg]. Lubner appointed to Swansea May
20 October 1905, page 28
Chatan Torah Hyam Goldberg. Chatan Bereshit F.D. Owen.
3 November 1905, page 15
Anglo-Jewish Association. General point about falling contributions from
branches. ‘Swansea contributed an average of £8 annually for 13 years to 1891,
and only 33 since’.
10 November 1905, page 41
Fourth session of the Literary Society opened at the Shaftesbury Hall with
lecture by B.. Benjamin of London on ’What was He?’ on the founder of
24 November 1905, page 31
Meeting of congregation. Resolution passed expressing horror and indignation at
the Russian outrages. Fund opened an over £40 subscribed.
Meeting of Zionist Society. Resolution expressing grief at atrocities ’and
blaming the Jewish leaders and aristocracy “all over the world” by their
opposition to the Zionist movement for the loss of Jewish lives in Russia’.
15 December 1905, page 2
Mr M.L. Marks, Picton Place, Swansea, thanks for condolences for his sister Mrs
B.S. Marks. ’[Zipporah, married to Barnett. Died Fulham.]
15 December 1905, page 36
In response to an invitation from the committee of the Swansea Public Library
the Rev S. Fyne last week delivered a ’Saturday Free Lecture’. He spoke on aims
and objects of Zionism. The lecture will be printed by request.
22 December 1905, page 2
Mrs R. Joseph thanks for sympathy on her illness and bereavement. 4 Northampton
22 December 1905, page 1
Death on 19 December at 4 Northampton Place, of Rosabella Joseph, in her 79th
year, sister of Mr M.L. Marks.
29 December 1905, page 35
Tribute to Mrs Rosabella Joseph. Orthodox, until recently honorary teacher at
the Hebrew Classes. Much charitable work. Served on committee of the Jewish
Benevolent Society from its foundation and last year was its President. A
regular attender at weekly meetings of the Charity Organisation and was deeply
interested in the South Wales Deaf and Dumb Institute. Scholarly and poetic.
Especially at writing acrostics, several of which were accepted by Queen
Victoria, the King and Queen, and the Prince & Princess of Wales.
26 January 1906, pages 30-31
Owing to growth of the community have secured from Corporation an additional
plot for the cemetery, which was consecrated last Sunday. Simon Goldberg JP has
financed the building of a Mortuary Hall in memory of his wife who died 2 years
Mr Michael Adler of London read a paper last Sunday to the Literary Society on
‘Cromwell and his work’.
26 January 1906, page 33
Order Achei Brith. Quarterly General Meeting of the 1.Zangwill Lodge No. 21
Swansea, held at the King’s Hall on Sunday.
Bro L. Hofman ,vice-chairman, in chair. Balance sheet: income £88, expenditure
£60. Cash in bank £79. Membership 45.
2 February 1906, page 33
Swansea Zionist Society held debate on Sunday on ‘Is Territorialism an
Opposition to Zionism?’ Carried by large majority. Participants: Rev S. Fyne, W.
Lawrence,- Shepherd, H. Zeligman, R. Zeligman, A. Barer, H. Silverstone, A.
L. Hyman, D. Crystol, L. Huwiitz.
16 February 1906, page 23
At a largely attended meeting it was agreed unanimously to from a branch of ITO
16 March 1906, page 38-39
At the conclusion of a lecture at the Jewish Literary Society, Mr David Davies
(editor of the South Wales Daily Post) who presided was presented with an
illuminated address and a copy of Graetz’s History of the Jews. Ernest Barnett
made the presentation on behalf of the Jewish community and said they were a
slight acknowledgement of the services rendered by Mr Davies in connection with
the Swansea fund in aid of the suffering of the Jews of Russia. The fund had
reached £212 which was highly satisfactory, ‘and especially as denoting the
sympathy and respect which the Jewish community enjoyed among the non-Jewish
townspeople. As the wording of the address showed, their grateful feelings
towards Mr. Davies were not on account solely of his ready and earnest advocacy
of the Russian fund, but of his consistent goodwill and broadmindedness in all
matters relating to the Jewish people’.
Mr Davies in response spoke of ‘the most interesting race in the world - a race
which had always fascinated him by reason of the wonderful endurance during the
ages, its intense intellectuality, its solidarity, and, above all, the tragic
character of its history since the great dispersion’.
6 April 1906, page 38
Order Achei Brith. General Meeting of Swansea Lodge. Bro D. Seline in chair.
Elected: D. Seline, President; L. Hyman, Vice-President; L. Snipper, Treasurer;
H. Silverstone, Secretary; B. Goldberg, W. Lawrence, G. Glasberg, Grustees; J.
Black, L. Guard, Marshalls; S. Barlin, Inside Guardian and Collector; A. Lyons,
H.Zeligman, Auditors. A committee of 8 also elected.
4 May 1906, page 1
Death in South Africa of Maurice Harries aged 68 brother of B. and J. Harries,
11 May 1906, page 30
At General Meeting of congregation on Sunday Rev Morris Lubner elected Hazan,
13 July 1906, page 47
Gen Meeting of Zionist Society. Expressed appreciation of services rendered to
the Society and to cause of Zionism by Rev S. Fyne and regret at his leaving
12 October 1906, page 28
Hatan Torah: B. Goldberg. Hatan Bereshith: A. Lyons
26 October 1906, page 34
Naturalisations in September. Albert Rubenstein, 24 Gower St, Swansea
9 November 1906, page 34
Meeting in favour of erecting a new Beth Hamedrash, started several years ago,
now nearing realisation. Work has been much interrupted by lack of funds. Last
Sunday a public meeting was held to secure ‘fresh assistance’. Great success.
Messrs D. Sohl [sic], H. Chavinson, A. Levy, and N. Chavinson each promised to
contribute 2,000 bricks. Messrs Silver, Schneider, Silverston, Blank, Guard,
Lewis, Crystal, Dennis, Hyman and Gadzin each 1,000 bricks. D. Zusman offered 6
cart-loads of stones, Silverston and Zusman each offered 3 cart-loads of stones,
A. Sheferd(si) offered paint and H. Fein glass and labour for the entire
building. Kaufman offered a perpetual lamp and P. Zieler 5 guineas.
21 December 1906, page 35
Leon Simon of London addressed large meeting of Zionists. Also his visit was in
connection with the Literary Society.
4 January 1907, page 13
Obituary of Simon Goldberg JP
Born February 1823 in Schneidermuhl. Has been n Swansea for 67 years. In 1895
made JP. Long-time member of the Board of Management of Swansea Hospital and
President and Treasurer of the Jewish congregation for many years. Gave many
gifts to the synagogue. Reconstructed and equipped the new synagogue schoolrooms
in 1902 and was elected honorary Life President in appreciation. Oldest
Freemason in the town. Director of the Atlantic Patent Fuel Co. Chairman of
Glamorgan Building Society, Came to Swansea in 1839 and at first was a traveller
in jewellery. Entered other branches of business and in 1864 became a shipowner,
being senior partner with sons Hyam and Barnett.
18 January 1907, page 24
An article on ‘Kingsley and the social problems of his day’ has been contributed
by Miss Florence Goldberg of Swansea to the Westminster Review.
25 January 1907, page 30
Rev H.J. Sandheim, new minister at Swansea, presented his inaugural serrmon last
10 May 1907, page 33
John L. Jacobs of London elected to represent Swansea at Board of Deputies.
29 November 1907, page 26
Meeting held, resolved to form a Swansea Naturalisation Society. Elected:
President and Treasurer, A. Lyons, Hon Sec, S. Rubenstein, Committee, G. Levi,
W. Lawrence, A Kiseff and C. Coffman.
27 March 1908, page 31
Annual meeting of the Literary Society. Rev H. J. Sandheim re-elected President,
B. Goldberg Treasurer and Miss Shepherd, Hon Sec. Committee of 13 formed. Rev
Simon Jones, BA, Unitarian Minister, gave lecture on ‘The Old Testament and
Socialism’ - the last lecture of a successful session. ‘Mr. Jones paid a high
tribute to the teachings of Judaism as remedies for the many modern social
8 May 1908, page 32
Comfortable Board-residence for Jewish lads. Religious teaching supervised..
Visitors and commercial gentlemen accommodated.- 55 St George’s Terrace. Rev. I.
[repeated 22 May 1908, page 29]
15 May 1908, page 35
Members of the Young Israel Society made a presentation to their late teacher,
Mr S. Solomon, a large silver Kiddush cup. Inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. S.
Solomon by his past pupils as a mark of affection and esteem, Swansea,
5668-1908’. Speeches were made by Masters Hyman Finkelblech (President), J.
Manchester, Deggotts, Dennis, L.Sefstone, H. Sefstone, L. Lyons, A. Silverstone,
and L. Crystol. Papers on ‘Poverty’ by Master I. Levi, and ’Charity’ by Master
M. Dennis, were read. The Society is almost entirely managed by the boys and has
a large membership.
17 July 1908, page 19
Re the Olympic Games. Abe Freedman of Swansea, a member of the Welsh Swimming
Association, has been appointed a Steward at the Games.
2 October 1908, page 32
Mrs S. Green has presented a handsome curtain for the ark to the Beth Hamedrash,
Prince of Wales Road, for the High Festivals.
23 October 1908, page 25
‘SWANSEA TALMUD TORAH CHEDER
WANTED, Experienced Hebrew Teacher, good disciplinarian, must be able to
translate into English, good Baal-Korah. Salary 30/- a week, with promotion.
Splendid opening for a capable man. Apply to the President, Mr. S. Green, 2,
30 October 1908, page 32
Annual Church Parade of ‘The Old Volunteers’ to celebrate Trafalgar Day. ‘Mr. E.
Levi being among the veterans’.
The half-yearly meeting of the Talmud Torah was held in the rooms of the Beth
Hamedrash, Mr S. Green, President, in the chair.
27 November 1908, page 32
Mr D. Seline (Swansea) read paper on Early Jewish Life in England’ at meeting of
the Bristol Jewish Social and Debating Society.
25 December 1908, page 13
Special service for children held at synagogue. Maariv read by Master Isaac Levi
and lights kindled by Master Harry Davies. Address by Rev H. J. Sandheim.
Concluded by singing of Hatikvah by Fev M. Lubner and children.
8 January 1909, page 26
Abe Freedman, a Welsh Rugby Union referee, writes to support idea of ‘a Jewish
4 June 1909, page 7.
Solomon Abrahams died, the eldest surviving son of late Rabbi Abraham Abrahams,
chief shochet in London. Brother of late Rev Barnett Abrahams and of Mr Mordecai
Abrahams. His widow was daughter of late David Fraenkel, sometime President of
the Swansea synagogue. [Died 1873]
17 September 1909, page 13
Interview with Dayan Hyamson on 25 years of ministry.
Re appointment of ministers to provincial congregations. As soon as he was
appointed, the Delegate Chief Rabbi visited them and found that the smaller
congregations needed competent Hebrew teachers.
‘My own experience in Swansea shows how great this need was. When I came to
Swansea I had a class of between forty and fifty children. There were several
girls of 15 and 16 who did not know their aleph-bet and the big boys could read
but did not know the translation of the shemah [in Hebrew].’
‘Mr. Hyamson described how within a fortnight altered these conditions…’.
Also he ’had to represent the congregation to the outside world. “When I was at
Swansea’” he stated, “I lectured before the South Wales Royal Institution every
year on Jewish literature and thus did some good.” ‘
22 October 1909, page 3
Ref to JNF Commission at Swansea. Hon Collector M. Foner.
26 November 1909, page 13
Annual meeting of Chevra Shass, held at the Beth Hamedrah. Elected: A. Herman,
President; G. Lewis, Treasurer; G. Beckman, Secretary; and a Committee
10 December 1909, page 13
Rev S. Levy MA preached in synagogue on Saturday and lectured at the Literary
Society on Sunday on ‘Personality in Jewish History’. Mr Hyam Goldberg presided.
10 December 1909, page 14
Arrangements have been made for lectures on the work of the Anglo-Jewish
Association by Mr J. Prag.
17 December 1909, page 34
Annual Chanukah service at the synagogue, ’close upon 200 children attending’.
Fully choral service by Master Louis Goldstone and Master Sam Finkelblech who
kindled the lights. Address by Rev H.J.Sandheim. Afterwards each child received
a bag of sweets and fruit and a coin, the gift of Mr & Mrs L. Hyman. [Not in
Swansea in 1911 Census].
7 January 1910, page 11
Meeting of the Zionist Society was held at the Shaftesbury Hall when Miss Helena
Weisberg of Manchester addressed a large audience on ’Zionist Idealism’. A
society, ‘Swansea Daughters of Zion’, was formed and members pledged themselves
to support the Jewish Women’s League for cultural work in Palestine. Elected:
Mrs I. Levy, President; Mrs Weisberg, Vice-President; Mrs A. Levy, Treasurer;
Miss Rachel Levy, Hon Sec; and Committee [unnamed].
4 February 1910, page 19
Beattie Saul, Dora Baddiel, Harry Davies, and Abraham Silverstone of the Swansea
Hebrew Classes have been awarded Asher Myers Memorial Prizes for Jewish History,
presented by the Jewish Historical Society.
25 February 1910, page 15
1. Mock General Election held at the Young Israel Society’s meeting. Liberal
elected. Decided to send annual contribution to Swansea Hospital.
2. Meeting of Daughters of Zion Association. Mrs Sinsfsky [sic] gave a reading
on Jewish history.
4 March 1910, page 13
Meeting of the Literary Society. Joseph Prag JP lectured on work and objects of
the Anglo-Jewish Society. Decided to form a branch of the AJA. Mr S. Green
consented to act as Treasurer and Secretary.
11 March 1910, page 14
Mr M. l. Marks is 70 today. Born in Swansea in 1840. He is a Trustee and is
Senior Member of the Swansea Hebrew Congregation.
13 May 1910, page 13
Swansea Guardians had before them an unusual case in which a Jewess, a
dressmaker, appeared before the Committee for relief. She told the Guardians
that on the death of her husband the Hebrew congregation had set her up in
business but as she had not contributed to their funds she had not appealed to
them again. Dr Gomer Lewis said that during his long experience only 3 or 4
Jewish applicants. ‘The Guardians thought it best, in view of the disinclination
of Jews to come on the rates, to consult the Hebrew Congregation before granting
Mr H. R. Lyons has been successful in the final exam (LDS Eng) in dental
surgery. [In Hampstead in 1911]
20 May 1910, page 11
Meeting of members of local branch of AA. Alfred Mond MP unanimously elected
President and ex-officio representative on the Council.
22 July 1910, page 27
A Ladies Society has been established in Swansea (in article on Zionist
29 July 1901, page 2
Jews’ Orphan Asylum election
1.Advert. The workers in the case of Abraham Goldstein (Swansea) thank all who
recorded a vote in his favour.
2. List of votes for candidates. He was top of unsuccessful candidates but Ada
Goldstein apparently successful.
29 July 1910, page 2
Swansea Hebrew Educational Board. Wanted 2 Assistant Teachers. £52 p.a.
Applications to S. Rubenstein, 24 Gower Street, Swansea.
5 August 1910, page 11
‘The Chevra Shass held a Siyum on Sunday of a Talmud tractate. Rabbi Ellinson
and Mr. S. Green, President of the Beth Hamedrash, gave expositions. Mr. E.
Fonner [sic] also spoke. A collection was made on behalf of the Talmud Torah’.
12 August 1910, page 22
Morgan Jones, a young visitor to Langland Bay, got into difficulties when
bathing. Myer Goodman, 17-year old son of M.D. Goodman of Merthyr rescued him.
He was highly praised in the local press.
4 November 1910, page 11
Rev S. Fyne, ex-minister of Swansea, and now rabbi of the Montefiore
congregation, Philadelphia, has received Rabbinical Diploma.
4 November 1910, page 15
1. Annual meeting of congregation. Elected: Abe Freedman, President; D. Saul,
2. Louis Simon delivered inaugural lecture at Literary Society on ‘ Achad Ha’am’.
3. Rev H. J.Sondheim lectured at the Neath Brotherhood in connection with the
YMCA, on ‘The Message of Judaism and some Social Questions; and also the
Progressive League at the Unitarian Church on ‘ The Discipline of Judaism’.
25 November 1910, page 18
1. Under auspices of the Zionist Society, meetings will be held at the Beth
Hamedrash every Sunday at 5.30 when debates on Zionism and Nationalism will be
2. Annual Meeting of Chevra Shass held. Elected: A. Herman, President; Rabbi B.
J. Ellison, Treasurer; G. Beckman, Hon Sec and Collector; and Committee.
3.Annual Meeting of Beth Hamedrash and Talmud Torah. Income £194. Elected: S.
Green, President; M. Foner, Treasurer and Hon Sec; J. Lewis and M. Shatz,
Auditors; and Committee.
4. Meeting of Literary Society. Rev Sondheim spoke on ‘Position of Women in
Judaism’. At close of meeting, illuminated address to Isaac Seline, 35 years as
Marriage Secretary and long loyal service to the congregation.
2 December 1910, page 16
Winding up meeting of the first Swansea Jewish Naturalisation Society. 20
members have been naturalised by means of the Society. Decided to convene a
meeting to form a second Naturalisation Society.
Annual meeting of the Jewish Benevolent Society. Restricted to resident poor.
Expenditure £125. Mrs B. Goldberg and Mrs M. L. Marks re-elected President and
16 December 1910, page 13
1. Annual meeting of the Hebrew Self-help Society. A. Levy in chair. D. Saul
re-elected Treasurer. D. Baddiel, Secretary, and a Committee. Presentation made
to Mr Deggotts for his good work as Treasurer during 7 years.
2. Jack M. Myers of London lectured at the Jewish Literary Society on ‘Liberal
Judaism’. Rev H. J. Sondheim presided.
13 January 1911, page 16
1. Congregational Classes examined by Mr A. Hyams BA of Newport. Satisfactory.
2. General meeting of Daughters of Zion Association, held at Siddall Buildings.
Re-elected: Miss Lily Shepherd, President; Miss Rachel Levi, Secretary. Elected:
Miss Annie Sonnenfeld, Vice-President; Mrs L. Weisbard and Miss S. Saul,
Treasurers; and Committee.
3. Lecture on ‘The Need for Zionism and the Cause of Delay in its Consummation’,
by Mr T. Shepherd of Ystalyfera. At the Beth Hamedrash.
4. Abraham Lyons, David Seline, and L. Rubinstein, the President, Solicitor, and
Secretary respectively of the first Swansea Jewish Naturalisation Society
received presentations in appreciation of t heir efforts. That society’s aim has
now been achieved and is being succeeded by a second one.
[Note.Lectures to outside bodies. Eg Abe Freedman to Merthyr & District Jewish
Literary Society on ‘The Poor of the Big City’; Also H.J. Sondheim, frequently.]
3 March 1911, page 2
Elections to Jews’ Hospital & Orphan Asylum. Abraham Goldstein, Swansea,
3 March 1911, page 14
Dance in aid of the Jewish Ladies’ Benevolent Society. Addition to funds £45.
14 April 1911, page 28
Meeting held of the Order of Ancient Maccabeans (Friendly Society) to form
Swansea branch. 50 people attended. Elected: Bros. A. Freedman, Commander; A.
Levy, Deputy Commander; W. Lawrence, Treasurer; A. B. Levy, Secretary; and a
2 June 1911, page 15
Dayan Hyamson visited Swansea. He was the congregation’s first minister, 1884-8.
Examined the Classes and also the pupils of the Talmud Torah at the Beth
Hamedrash. E. Deggots died during his visit.
16 June 1911, page 42
Order of Ancient Maccabeans. Ref to the ‘Rabbi Akiba Beacon (Swansea)’.
7 July 1911, page 34
Installation at Swansea in connection with the Rabbi Akiba Beacon. Installed:
[as at meeting of 14 April} plus A. Kesseff, L.Hyman, and M. Lawrence, Trustees;
11 August 1911, page 11
1. Rev B. Liebermann of Oxford preached at Swansea synagogue on Sabbath.
2. The Chevra Gemorah held a Siyum Massechsa Rosh Hashanah on Sunday at the Beth
Hamedrash. Large attendance because this was the first Siyum of a Massechsa held
under the supervision of the new rabbi, Rabbinowitz. The members were addressed
by Rabbinowitz, Rev H. J.Sondheim, and others.
18 August 1911, page 24
Ref to S. Green of Swansea, ‘a veritable pillar of his community, a really great
Talmudic scholar, and a true lover of his people’.
15 September 1911, page 17
General Meeting under the auspices of the Swansea Zionist Society, the Rabbi
Akiba Beacon [Order of Ancient Maccabeans], and the Daughters of Zion
Association, to hear report of M. Foner, delegate to 10th Zionist Congress.
5 January 1912, page 26
Walter Hyman lectured to the Jewish Lit Soc on ‘Jewish Proverbs’. E. M. Levy BA
19 January 1912, page 32
Rev Dr Berlin of Manchester lectured on Sunday to the Lit Soc on ‘Superstition
and Judaism’ and inspected and addressed the religion classes. He also preached
in the synagogue on Sabbath.
26 January 1912, page 18
Letter from A. Levy, ‘Carmel’, Eaton Grove, Swansea, complaining that the United
Synagogue dominates the election of the Chief Rabbi.
26 January 1912, page 26
1. Meeting of Beth Hamedrash. Presentation of a cup to Mr T. Shepherd of
Ystalyfera by S. Green and M. Foner (ex-Wardens) for services rendered during
the last high festivals.
2. Isaac Goodman, sec of the English Zionist Federation delivered lecture and
slide show at Shaftesbury Hall on ‘Scenes of Life in Palestine’. first time the
slides shown to an English [sic] audience.
3. Meeting of the Beth Hamedrash. Resolved: The Beth Hamedrash promises to
contribute to the Chief Rabbi’s Fund if the promise that any Jewish place of
worship that contributes is entitled to participate in the election of the Chief
Rabbi in proportion to the number of seat holders. But if the Chief Rabbi is
otherwise elected it reserves its submission to the authority of any Chief Rabbi
2 February 1912, pages 21-22
1. Letter opposes views expressed in point 3 of 26 January. Mentions there are
6o members of the Beth Hamedrash and that there are members of both the Beth
Hamedrash and the synagogue.
2. Rev H. J. Sondheim read paper on ’Judaism and Women’ to the Women’s Freedom
3. Annual Ball in aid of Jewish Benevolent Society at the Albert Hall. Raised
4. At the Lit Soc short papers were read by Miss Leah Levy on ‘The Jewish Young
girl of Today’; Abe Levy on ‘The Jewish Worker’; Hirshman on ‘Is the Usual
Jewish Talk Fair?’; and Abe Freedman on ‘Schnorrers I have known’.
5 January 1917, page 2
In Memoriam notice for Hyman Finkelblech died 23 December 1915. Was founder and
first president of Swansea Jewish Zionist Society
24 August 1917, page 12
Obituary of John I. Jacobs who died on Saturday morning in his 62nd year. Born
Swansea, he was initiated into shipping because his father and uncles were ship
owners in Swansea. J. I. Jacobs was articled to Messrs Taylor &
Streatfield of London in 1872 and in 1879 set up own business as John I. Jacobs
& Co, 6 Billiter St, EC. At one time he had 18 sailing ships. He was one of the
first to reconstruct cargo steamers for carrying molasses in bulk or for oil.
For many years he was chairman of Institute of Ship Brokers which he helped to
He was also a founder of the Glamorgan Society in London, and a committee member
of several Jewish organisations including membership of the Board of Deputies.
Member of the Board of Management of the Central Synagogue. He was unmarried and
his two brothers and two sisters survive him. The surviving partner is
Joseph H. Jacobs a son-in-law of Sir Adolph Tuck.
23 December 2008
Church wants to buy Welsh Synagogue [extract]
by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
Swansea Hebrew Congregation is selling its 67-year-old synagogue building to a church group.
The community has less than a dozen-and-a-half active members with an average age of 70. Others have moved away but retain membership
for burial or sentimental reasons.
If the sale to the LifePoint Church is completed, the congregation will be able to rent a small hall in the premises to continue services.
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Jewish Chronicle, 4 September, 2009
Swansong for Synagogue. Press cutting.
From an unknown newspaper 2009
Closure of Swansea Synagogue -
Synagogue had to be sold to fund Cemeteries work. Press cutting
17 December 2009
Michael Howard pays to restore Swansea cemetary(sic) [extract]
by Robyn Rosen
Michael Howard has helped to pay for the restoration of a vandalised Jewish cemetery in Swansea, where his father was buried.
The United Synagogue’s burial team was asked to restore Townhill Cemetery, which is now closed, by Mr Howard and the local Jewish community.
Mr Howard, the former Conservative leader, offered to pay for some of the team’s expenses and asked for his father, who was buried there in 1966,
to be moved to Bushey cemetery to join his late mother.
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27 May 2010
Rabbi's window on a Swansea childhood (extract)
by Jay Grenby
As a six-year-old in 1956, Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue rabbi Yisroel Fine was pictured with his mother at the opening of a
new shul for Swansea Hebrew Congregation. Now 54 years later, the Welsh shul's stained glass windows, so familiar from his childhood, have
been installed in the Cockfosters building.
When the Swansea shul closed last year, Rabbi Fine was alerted to the concern of the community's few remaining members for the future of
the windows - a set of nine illustrating the festivals and a further set of 12 for the tribes of Israel.
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