Created: 17 January 2012
Press Reports about the Rhyl Jewish
Community 1895 - 1941
Information within square brackets is from the compiler
Jewish Chronicle, 16 August 1895, page 1
Death on 14 August at 326 West Parade, Rhyl, Howard Spencer, infant son
of Alice and Samuel J. Henochsberg of 120 Prince Rd, Liverpool, aged 7 months.
Buried at Deane Rd Cemetery, Liverpool.
Chronicle, 8 May 1896, page 21
Chief Rabbi’s pastoral tour, visit to Wrexham Among those present were Messrs
Harris and Goldsmith of Rhyl and Mr Silver of Buckley
Chronicle, 29 October 1897, page 28
The small number of Jews in Rhyl have formed a congregation and gave found
suitable rooms for the purpose of their synagogue above the Palace and Summer
Gardens, Wellington Road, Rhyl, opened about a month.
The annual meeting was held at the Synagogue Chambers, Wellington Road. Mr M.
Brodie in the chair. Elected: President, M. Brodie; Treasurer, E. Eisiski
(re-elected); Secretary, J. Levenson (re-elected); The late Hon Sec Mr S. A.
Cohen was leaving Rhyl.
The Treasurer Eisiski submitted balance sheet - substantial surplus.
Chronicle, 29 April 1898, page 24
At a meeting in the Synagogue Chambers, Wellington Road, the Rev J. M. Kahan was
elected Reader, Shochet and Teacher. Mr J. Levenson the Hon Sec submitted plans
he has prepared for the construction of a new Ark and Reading Desk. The plans
were approved and the necessary sum was voted. A Works Committee was appointed -
J. Goldsmith, S Ginsburg and M. Samuels. Mrs S. Eisiski wife of the Treasurer
intends to present a Sepher Torah to the synagogue. Votes of thanks to Mrs
Eisiski and to Mrs L. Rosenberg and Miss Eva Harris for services rendered.
Chronicle, 3 June 1898, page 2
Advert. The Rhyl Hebrew Congregation thanks contributions towards
furnishing the synagogue, Wellington Road.
Names of people from Rhyl mentioned include Mr L. Rosenberg, and Miss Eva Harris
President: M. Brodie St, 5 Market St
Treasurer: S. Eisiski, 30 Queen St
Hon Sec: J. Levenson, Magnet Buildings, High Street
Chronicle, 3 June 1898, page 29
Advert. ‘RHYL, NORTH WALES. -The Rev. I.M. KAHAN, 10, NORTH TERRACE,
RHYL. Jewish Boarding House (strictly Kosher); good cooking and home comforts’.
Jewish Chronicle, 1 July 1898, page 20
Advert. ‘RHYL. -Comfortable residence with or without board; no children; terms
moderate. - Mrs. K. Cohen, 8, North-terrace, Rhyl, North Wales’.
[repeated in subsequent editions]
Chronicle, 1 July 1898, page 20
Advert. ‘RHYL, NORTH WALES, - Jewish Board and Lodgings. Board and Lodgings at
moderate terms; home comfort; five minutes walk from the sea. - Mrs. Ginsburg,
1, Simon-street. [repeated in subsequent issues]
Chronicle, 15 July 1898, page 29
Advert. ‘RHYL, NORTH WALES. - The Rev. I. M. Kahan is prepared to receive
visitors for the season. Kosher dinners are prepared at moderate charges; beach
three minutes from the house and one minute from station. - 16, Elway-street’
Jewish Chronicle, 12 August 1898, page 18
Last Saturday by invitation of the Wardens Rev Dr Salomon of Manchester and Mr
Alfred Adler son of the Chief Rabbi delivered discourses in the synagogue. Well
attended by numerous Jewish visitors staying here for summer holidays.
Chronicle, 17 October 1898, page 24
Chatan Torah G. Goldsmith. Chatah Bereshith J. Samuels
Chronicle, 28 October 1898, page 27
Annual meeting. Treasurer S. Eisiski congratulated members on the surplus
despite heavy expenditure. Elected for next year. President, M. Brodiel
Treasurer, S. Eisiski; Hon Sec, . Levenson; Auditors, L. Cohen and H. Malkin;
Committee, Louis Rosenberg, S. Ginsburg, M. Samuels, I. Samuels, snr, H.
Chronicle, 22 September 1899, page 28
Chatan Torah M. Samuels. Chatan Bereshith L. Rosenberg
Chronicle, 22 September 1899, page 28
Rhyl and District Synagogue., Wellington Rd. Services were conducted by Rev Mr
Bogdansky assisted by M. Rosenberg, Headmaster of the Liverpool Hebrew
Educational Institute and Endowed Schools, who gave his services gratuitously as
on the New Year. On Yom Kippur Mr M. Rosenberg delivered a discourse, referring
to Captain Dreyfus as martyr of the 19th century for whom special prayers were
offered for his early release and a speedy restoration to complete health.
Chronicle, 29 September 1899, page 20
General meeting of Rhyl and District Congregation. Thanks to M. Rosenberg for
his services during the Holydays and also to Mrs M. Brodie for her subscription
towards the decoration of ’the room reserved for the ladies’.
Chronicle, 27 October 1899, page 27
AGM. Good financial position. Elected: President (by acclamation), S. Eisiski;
Treasurer, J. Goldsmith; Hon Sec J. Levenson (re-elected unanimously);
Committee, M. Brodie (ex-President), M. Samuels (re-elected), S. Ginsberg
(re-elected). Auditors L. Rosenberg and S. Ginsberg .
Chronicle, 17 November 1899, page 25
Special meeting. E. Carasov unanimously elected additional member of Committee.
Chronicle, 9 March 1900, page 29
On Saturday last a special prayer service was read in the synagogue for the
recent successes of British arms in South Africa. Rev J. Bogdanski delivered a
discourse in English.
Chronicle, 11 May 1900, page 30
Half-yearly meeting. Balance sheet for half-year was satisfactory
Chronicle, 15 June 1900, page 29
On Saturday last Rev Susman Cohen on a visit to Rhyl delivered a discourse
Chronicle, 15 June 1900, page 31
Advert. ‘RHYL. HOUSE TO LET, five bedrooms, two dining rooms, at reasonable
terms; two minutes’ walk from the sea and railway station. Apply Mrs. Morris,
Market-street, Rhyl’. [repeated in subsequent issues]
Chronicle, 3 August 1900, page 2
Advert. ‘RHYL AND DISTRICT HEBREW CONGREGATION. WANTED, a Baal Schochrits
for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Apply, with full particulars to J. Levenson
Hon. Sec., Magnet-buildings, High-street, Rhyl’.
Chronicle, 10 August 1900, page 19
‘Kosher [in Hebrew] RHYS, N. WALES Kosher [in Hebrew]
Superior Board and Residence
Also meals, provided to order.
Mrs. Bogdanski, 10, Emlyn Grove,
Close to West Parade’.
Chronicle, 28 September 1900, page 26
Services were conducted by Rev. J. Bogdanski assisted by Mr Alpert of Liverpool.
Mr Bogdanski delivered a discourse on the first day in English.
Chronicle, 5 October 1900, page 20
Similar for Day of Atonement.
Chronicle, 26 October 1900, page 29
Owing to the building in which public worship has been held for the past 3 years
since the congregation was formed is no longer available the Rev Bogdanski has
placed a room at his house at the disposal of the congregation until suitable
accommodation is provided elsewhere.
Chronicle, 23 November 1900, page 30
AGM at Magnet Buildings, High Street,. Financial statement satisfactory.
Elected: President, S. Eisiski (re-elected); Treasurer J. Goldsmith
(re-elected); Hon Sec. J. Levenson (re-elected for 4th year); Re-elected to
Committee, S. Ginsbug, M. Samuels, E. Carasov. Vote of thanks to Rev H. Burmas
of Prince’s Rd, Liverpool for services to congregation.
Jewish Chronicle, 18 January 1901, page 2
‘RHYL. -Wanted. SHOCHET, Reader, Teacher, capable to translate in English;
salary £52 per annum, subject to an increase; only single men need apply;
applicant capable to teach and preach in English; subject approval Committee of
Provincial Ministers’ Fund, may expect an annual grant from the institution;
expenses will be returned to successful candidate only. Apply to J. Levenson,
Hon. Secretary, High-street’.
Chronicle, 8 February 1901, page 26
Service, memorial for Queen Victoria, was held in the Victoria Hall, High
Street, gratuitously placed at the disposal of the congregation by Mr J. S.
Greenhalgh JP, chairman of the Urban District Council who was present with other
members of that body. Mr Rosenberg, Headmaster of Liverpool Jewish Schools,
officiated and delivered an address. A telegram of condolence was sent to the
Chronicle, 24 May 1901, page 26
Rev L. Abrahams [sic] late of the Oxford Congregation was elected Minister and
Shochet of the Rhyl Congregation.
Chronicle, 7 June 1901,, page 4
Advert. ‘RHYL.- To let for the Season, 18 Ernest -street; house
furnished; kosher food; situated ina pleasant spot. Apply to E. Carasov, 6,
Chronicle, 7 June 1901,, page 4
Advert. ‘RHYL. - To let, 3 bedrooms and sitting-rooms, furnished,
convenient;10 minutes walk from promenade. Apply Rev Shochet, L. Abrahamson,
Edgbaston House, Lake-terrace, Wellington-road’.
Chronicle, 4 October 1901, page 25
Service during festivities were conducted by Mr M. Rosenberg, Headmaster of
Liverpool Hebrew Schools who also preached, assisted by Rev L. Abrahamson who
also delivered an address.
Chronicle, 11 April 1902, page 31
General meeting at 52 Brighton Rd. Vote of thanks to F. D. Mocatta for his
Chronicle, 20 June 1902, page 30
Advert. Furnished house to let (kosher) for July, August, and September. 2
entertaining rooms, four double-bedded rooms. 2 minutes walk from promenade. 39,
Chronicle, 19 September 1902, page 28
General meeting. Appointed Mr Dainow of Birmingham to read Musaph services for
the coming holidays.
Chronicle, 24 October 1902, page 26
Services were conducted by Rev L. Abrahamson
Chronicle, 21 November 1902, page 33
Meeting of the congregation. Elected: President, S. Eisiski; Treasurer, D.
Priorman; Hon. Sec A [sic] Sapiro; Auditors, S. Ginsburg, M. Samuels.
Chronicle, 20 March 1903, page 1
Death on 7 February at Cape Town of Louis D. Rosenberg, late of Dublin and Rhyl.
Eldest son of the late David Rosenberg. Aged 36.
Chronicle, 27 March 1903, page 18
Appointment of marriage secretaries at the Blackpool, Rhyl and Wellongton Road
Chronicle, 1 May 1903, page 31
General meeting of congregation. Votes of thanks to Mrs Lionel Lucas, David
Marks, F. D. Mocatta, Leopold de Rothschild, and E. P Vallentine for the support
to the synagogue. Services are held every Saturday.
Chronicle, 27 May 1904, page 1
Birth on 30 April at Cape Town of a daughter to the wife of T. Kadish (nee Etty
Harris) late of Rhyl and Dublin.
Chronicle, 27 May 1904, page 30
Advert. ‘NORTH WALES, Rhyl. 9, Market-street -comfortable Jewish
Apartments, with or without board; close to promenade and station; terms
moderate. Mrs. Carasov’. [repeated]
Chronicle, 9 September 1904, page 26
At meeting held last Sunday Mr L. Abrahamson was elected chairman (pro tem) and
Mr Goldsmith Hon Sec. Of the congregation. Mr Goldsmith informs us that there is
no Hebrew school at Rhyl.
Chronicle, 16 September 1904, page 27
Mr S. Ginsburg, Hon Sec of the congregation, writes:- ‘In your issue of the 9th
there is a report of a meeting held in Rhyl of a congregation saying that there
was no school for teaching Hebrew to the children. I beg to say that all the
children belonging to the old Hebrew congregation are taught at their homes
every day by the Rev. Mr. Shulman [sic], our Minister, who holds Dr. Adler’s
certificate. We have a school here, but more convenient for the children that
they are taught at their homes’.
Chronicle, 16 September 1904, page 26
Service at the synagogue, in Sussex Street conducted by Rev. J. H. Schulman [sic]
assisted by Mr Goldberg of Liverpool.
Chronicle, 30 June 1905, page 1
Engagement of Sarah eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs J. Goldsmith of North Avenue to
Harry Sapiro, Wellington Road. Both of Rhyl. [See 6 July 1906]
Chronicle, 30 June 1905, page 3
Advert. Apartments. Mrs Carasov 33 Wellington Rpad.
Chronicle, 21 July 1905, page 18
Reference to E. P. Vallentine as representative at the Board of Deputies.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 June 1906, page 45
Advert. Comfortable apartments. Mrs Carasov, 5 Agnes Terrace, Marsh Road.
Chronicle, 6 July 1906, page 1
Marriage on 27 June at the Town Hall, Rhyl, (registered by Hope Place
Synagogue, Liverpool) of Sarah, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Goldsmith of 12
Lake-avenue, Rhyl, to Harry Sapiro, youngest son of Jacob Sapiro of Liverpool.
[Marriage. Sarah Goldsmith June 1906 Liverpool 8b 302 and Aaron Sapiro]
Chronicle, 11 January 1907, page 1
Birth on 16 December of a son to the wife of Harry Kadish (nee Eva Harris
Chronicle, 29 March 1907, page 16
Marriage secretary at Rhyl - Mr M Goldsmith
Chronicle, 5 July 1907, page 32
House to let, 12 Lake-avenue
Chronicle, 29 November 1907, page 26
The synagogue was the only part of Magnet Buildings which was saved from the
great fire last Sunday.
Chronicle, 27 March 1908, page 2
Mrs Eisiski and daughters thanks for condolences on death of husband and father.
‘Dalriada’, Highfield Park, Rhyl. [Death. Nechemie Eisiski March 1908 aged 41 St
Asaph 11b 261]
Chronicle, 19 June 1908, page 5
Advert. Mrs Joseph Trenner is organising a concert in aid of a troupe of
Russian Jewish Dancers who lost all their effects in the recent fire at the Rhyl
Chronicle, 24 June 1910, page 2
Death at Bulawayo, Rhodesia, of Alfred Harris, late of Rhyl, aged 62.
Chronicle, 15 September 1911, page 26
Refer to medieval Welsh Jewry. ‘The Jewish population of North Wales in those
days must have exceeded the present limits; for now small congregations are to
be found only at Llandudno, Bangor, Rhyl and Wrexham’.
[1914-15. Rhyl referred to as a defunct congregation. See below, 7 July 1933]
Chronicle, 23 February 1917, page 18
Services for soldiers. Rhyl, Rev S. Frampton. [References in the JC state
that he was based in Liverpool]
Chronicle, 20 August 1920, page 2
Refer to Ruth Zillah Morgan
[Also 10 September 1920 ‘Young Israel’, page 2]
Chronicle, 3 September 1920, page 2
Death on 26 August at Rhyl of Marcus Gordon Barnett (drowned) aged 9
years 11 months, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Benjamin Barnett of South Africa. Local
address, Birmingham. [Death. Marcus G. Barnett September 1920 aged 10 St Asaph
Chronicle, 2 March 1928, page 40
Engagement. Sylvia, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs B. Mann, Manchester, to
Solomon (Solly), only son of Mr & Mrs Engler, Manchester and Rhyl.
Chronicle, 19 April 1929, page 12
Obituary of Morris Brodie, Southport, in his 68th year. A leading member
of Southport community. A son of Rabbi Joshua Falk in middle of last century, an
important figure in Kovno. Mrs Brodie was eldest of the late Dayan and Mrs
Susman Cohen. Mr Brodie was a founder of the Manchester New Synagogue and also
of the Rhyl congregation of which he was president and honorary chazan.Funeral
at Crumpsall Cemetery, Manchester. [Death. Morris Brodie June 1929 aged 69
Ormskirk 8b 850]
Chronicle, 7 July 1933, page 10
Letter from Wilfred S. Samuel. Refers to report of a committee appointed in
December 1915 to report of ‘Defunct Congregations’. He lists those included:
Bath, Bedford, Boston, Exeter, Falmouth, Gloucester, Ipswich, King’s Lynn,
Penzance, Rhyl, Stroud and Sheerness.. [JC 26 June 1914, page 27 refers to the
committee on defunct congregations]
Chronicle, 19 July 1935, page [not available]
‘Rhyl (Sunny) THE HEALTHIEST SPOT IN NORTH WALES
Superior Guest House on sea front. Healthiest and best part of town.
Bathing from house. Excellent and varies cuisine. Liberal tables. Apply for
Inclusive terms to Mrs. ALBERT MENDELSSOHN, ‘HUBERTSTONE’, MARINE DRIVE, RHYL,
Chronicle, 25 October 1940, page 10
‘The Liverpool Talmud Torah and the Greenbank Drive Synagogue have arranged for
Hebrew and Religion Classes to start after the Festivals in the Rhyl and
Prestatyn areas. Rabbi Dr. S.M. Lehrman and Dr. W. Gottlieb have approached many
parents whose children have been evacuated to these districts. Parents
interested should communicate with Rabbi Dr. Gottlieb (at Branton, Warren Drive,
Prestatyn) or Mr. Alfred Bieber (Cwrt, Marine Drive, Rhyl)’.
Chronicle, 22 November 1940, page 10
‘A meeting of members of the Liverpool Jewish Community temporarily resident in
Rhyl was held recently at the Rhyl residence of Rabbi Dr. and Mrs. S. M. Lehrman
to discuss the establishment of a Jewish centre in Rhyl and district where
religion classes for children, adult study groups, and a literary and social
society could be housed’.
Chronicle, 13 December 1940, page 16
‘The announcement in this paper recently that a meeting had been held to discuss
the establishment of a Jewish centre in Rhyl and District recalls the fact to a
correspondent that this will not be the first Jewish entity there. Rhyl had a
Jewish Congregation of its own at Queen’s Chambers. It first appeared in
records, according to the Jewish Year Books, in the late eighteen-nineties, but
the members dispersed, and the Congregation closed about the year 1906’.
Chronicle, 4 April 1941 page 17
The Rhyl Hebrew Congregation has acquired premises at Lloyd’s Bank Chambers ,
Queen Street, Rhyl where regular Sabbath services and Religion classes will be
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