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Press Reports relating to the Chester Jewish Community
Information within square brackets is from the compiler
Jewish Chronicle, 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 there 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
14 September 1894, page 13
The first general meeting of the Jewish
inhabitants of this town was held recently. Mr. M. Price (late of Manchester),
in the chair. Twenty-two persons were present. The object was to form a
congregation, and with the assistance of Mr. S. Claff (of Manchester), it was
unanimously resolved that the present minyan which was held in a private house
shall be discontinued, and a room be rented for a place of worship at Union
Hall, and that a Reader and Shochet be elected. The Scroll of the Law belonging
to the Minyan was presented to the newly-formed congregation, and another was
presented by the Treasurer to the congregation. The following members were
elected to act jointly as founders until the election of officers: Mr. Carasov,
Mr. H. Haft, Mr. Adler and Mr. M. Price, who is also Hon. Secretary. The meeting
terminated with a vote of thanks to the Chairman, and Mr. Claff. The Rev. K.
Sumberg (brother of the Rev. S. Sumberg, of Hanley), has offered to officiate as
First Reader during the ensuing holidays, gratuitously’.
Jewish Chronicle, 23 November 1894, page 19
At a general meeting of the members, Mr. M.
Price in the chair, the cash accounts were audited and passed. A sum of £40 had
been spent in fitting up the synagogue, £25 of which was raised among the
members. The following gentlemen were elected officers for the ensuing twelve
months: Mr. S. Polinker, President, Mr. J. Carasor(sic) (re-elected) Treasurer,
by acclamation; Mr. M. Price (re-elected) Hon. Secretary; the Committee are
Messrs J. Goldberg, H. Haft (also Auditor), J. Baker, and Chenkin. The Rev. W.
Levoen has been elected Reader and Shochet’.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 February 1895, page 2
‘CHESTER HEBREW CONGREGATION
A SPECIAL General Meeting of the above
Congregation has been formed to raise a fund to discharge a debt owing to the
builder, for alterations done to the Chester Synagogue, which took place six
months ago, and we hereby earnestly APPEAL for assistance t enable us to pay off
the aforesaid debt.
Since opening the Synagogue we have
been able to have a Shochet [in Hebrew] and a teacher and, if free from debt, we
feel confident of being able to be self-supporting.
We are please to announce that several
sums have already been sent, including £5 from the Chief Rabbi, the Rev. Dr.
Subscriptions will be most thankfully
received, and acknowledged in due course through the “Jewish Chronicle” by the
8, Lightfoot-street, Chester’.
[repeated 22 February 1895 page 3]
Jewish Chronicle, 2 August 1895, page 6
‘Small communities have also quite recently
sprung up …in the North-West of our Island, in Chester, Wrexham and Bangor’.
Jewish Chronicle, 4 October 1895, page 18
The annual general meeting of the Hebrew
congregation was held on Sunday last, Mr. M. Price in the chair. The election of
officers for the ensuing year resulted as follows: Mr. M. Price, unanimously
elected as President; Mr. S. Polinker unanimously re-elected as Treasurer; Mr.
S. Woolfman, Hon. Secretary; Messrs. E. Cheriken, D. Black, I. Baker, H. Haft,
committee, the latter being also Auditor’.
Jewish Chronicle, 8 May 1896, page 21
Note of visit of Chief Rabbi to Wrexham on 30th
ult. He was received by, inter alia, Mr J. Carasov ‘(late of Chester)’.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 July 1896, page 18
‘CHESTER. - WANTED, at once, SHOCHET, Chazan,
Balkorah, Mohel and Teacher for small provincial Congregation; no expenses
allowed. Apply M. Price, President, 20, Chichester-street. Chester’.
Jewish Chronicle, 25 September 1896, page 20
The services were conducted by the Rev. Moss
Eker, who also acted as Baal Tokeah, and was assisted by Mr. H. Polinker. Mr.
EKER delivered a discourse in English, taking as his text Deuteronomy xxvii.:
“Ye stand this day all of you before the Lord your God”.’
Jewish Chronicle, 9 October 1896, page 21
The young congregation at Chester showed
considerable progress during the recent festivals. English sermons were
delivered by Rev. Moses Eker, who had many Christian listeners. There were two
Chatanei Torah [in Hebrew] (Mr. H. Haft, the President, and Mr. W. Adler, the
Treasurer) and two Chatanei Bereshit [in Hebrew] (Mr. S.Woolfman and Mr. A.
Haft). On Simchath Torah Master Abraham Eker, son of the minister, read the
entire portion of the law’
Jewish Chronicle, 18 June 1897, page 74
W. Jackson elected President.
Jewish Chronicle, 23 July 1897, page 25
On Sunday last Mr. W. Adler, Treasurer,
‘initiated in the Abrahamic covenant his new-born son and entertained the
members of the congregation and families. Present: W. Jackson, President and Mr
S. Green of the Wrexham Hebrew Congregation. Mr Blank the Hon Sec - since the
previous day was Hospital Saturday in Chester - made a collection. A
substantial sum was obtained.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 August 1897, page 20
On Saturday last, Abraham Claff, 9 years of age,
son of Mr. S. Claff, Vice-President of the New Synagogue, Manchester, read the
Haphtorah in a manner which made a great impression on the congregation. Mr. S.
Claff, by request of the Rev. M. Eker ahd the hon. officers, read Musaph'.
Jewish Chronicle, 22 October 1897, page 27
Services were conducted by Rev Moses Eker who
also delivered a Talmudical discourse. Master Abraham Eker, son of the Minister,
read the entire portion of the law on Simchat Torah.
Jewish Chronicle, 1 July 1898, page 20
'WANTED for the Chester Hebrew Congregation, a
CHAZAN, Shochet, Mohel and Teacher; a married man with small family preferred.
Apply for full particulars to the President, W. Jackson, 9, Lightfoot-street,
Jewish Chronicle, 2 September 1898, page 19
Rev J. Lithovitch of London, formerly of Exeter,
elected Chazan and Shochet.
Jewish Chronicle, 21 October 1898, page 28
General meeting at the Union Hall for the
election of officers. W. Jackson re-elected President for third year. W. Adler
re-elected Treasurer for third year. Mr S. Polinker elected Hon Secretary. Vote
of thanks to late Secretary Mr M. Blank.
Jewish Chronicle, 2 December 1898, page 27
'In consequence of some strictures by Mr. Woolf
Adler on "Jewish Hawkers and their Methods" contributed by him to the Chester Observer, a general meeting of the Hebrew
Congregation was held recently, at which it was decided to remove Mr. Adler from
the office of Treasurer'.
[In 1901 Census Adler in Liverpool]
Jewish Chronicle, 16 June 1899, page 3
Chester Hebrew Congregation
Wanted Shochet, Teacher, Chazan and Baal Korah. Salary £52. SIngle man
preferable. Apply President: E. Chenkin, 25 Bishops-street, Chester.
Jewish Chronicle, 23 June 1899, page 27
'Through the interposition of the
Rev. H. Harman of the Princes' Road Synagogue, Liverpool, a threatened split in
the Chester Congregation has been averted'
Jewish Chronicle, 22 September 1899, page 28
Chatan Torah W. Adler. Chatan
Bereshit E. Chenkin.
Jewish Chronicle, 29 December 1899, page 26
Annual general meeting. W. Jackson
elected President, S. Polinker Treasurer, M. Blank, Hon. Secretary.
Jewish Chronicle, 12 January 1900, page 3
CHESTER HEBREW CONGREGATION
WANTED, Gentleman, young, to act
as READER, Shochet, Teacher, etc. Apply stating full particulars to the
President, W. Jackson, 2, Sydney-place, Chester'.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 August 1900, page 16
A new place of worship has been
opened at White Friars by the Chester Hebrew Congregation in place of the Union
Hall, used for the last five years.
Jewish Chronicle, 2 October 1900, page 19
Rev Mr Trotsky conducted services
at White Friars on Yom Kippur.
[In 1901 Census Solomon Trotsky,
"Jewish Reverant"(sic) aged 45, married, is lodger in household of Simon
Jewish Chronicle, 27 September 1901, page 31
Mrs Woolfe Jackson (nee Betsy
Rosenberg) (late of Manchester) of Sydney House, Chester, has presented to the
Chester Hebrew Congregation a plush mantle for the Torah in memory of her
mother. Mrs S. Wolfman, St Anne Street, Chester, has presented a plush mantle for
the Torah in memory of her father-in-law.
[Note: Woolfe Jackson and Betsy Rosenberg married June 1891 Prestwich 8d 553]
Jewish Chronicle, 11 October 1901, page 28
Chatan Torah Woolfe Jackson;
Chatan Bereshit Mendel Blank.
Jewish Chronicle, 3 January 1902, page 8
At the December examination of the
London College of Music Minnie Wolfman, daughter of Mr & Mrs Samuel Wolfman of
132 St Anne Street, obtained 1st class certificate, Intermediate.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 January 1902, page 29
Miss Fanny Jackson, daughter of Mr
Woolfe Jackson, Sydney Place, Brook Street, Chester, has passed with honours in
pianoforte playing (section II) at the December examination at Liverpool in
connection with the London College of Music.
Jewish Chronicle, 18 July 1902, page 28
Mr W. Jackson and Mr M. Blank
have resigned their offices as President and Hon Secretary respectively which
they have held for five years.
Jewish Chronicle, 25 July 1902, page 28
At a general meeting held last
week Mr S. Bloom was elected President. Messrs Polinker, Wolfman and Freeman for
Committee, J. Marks, Hon Secretary.
Jewish Chronicle, 22 January 1904, page 34
Fanny, daughter of Mr Woolfe
Jackson has passed pianoforte playing (section 3) in the recent examination held
at Liverpool in connection with the London College of Music. She is only 11
years old and has passed 3 exams in 2 years.
Jewish Chronicle, 17 June 1904, page 3
'WANTED to Purchase, all kinds of BOOK DEBTS;
any district. Write at once, W. Jackson, 2 Sydney-place, Chester; established 13
years; all letters receive prompt attention'.
Jewish Chronicle, 9 September 1904, New Year Greetings, page VI
Mr & Mrs Woolfe Jackson, 70 Plymouth-grove,
Jewish Chronicle, 22 September 1905, page 28
At a general meeting of the congregation on
Sunday Mr Jacob Goldman of Prince's Avenue was unanimously elected President for
the next twelve months.
Jewish Chronicle, 3 November 1905, page 1
Engagement of Minnie, daughter of Mr & Mrs S.
Wolfman of Chester to Alfred, younger son of Mr & Mrs B. Urding of Prescot-street,
Jewish Chronicle, 24 August 1906, page 1
Marriage of Alfred Urding to Minnie Wolfman on 7
August at Hope Place Synagogue, Liverpool.
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