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to the Jews of Dudley
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Birmingham Evening Post,
1 March 1861 page 5
Big gale on Wednesday and Thursday
‘…the most serious accident occurred at the
home of Mr. Dudley, hosier, of High Street. At about nine o’clock, while the
storm was at its height, a lofty brick chimney stack fell down and spread
desolation around. The servant girl was sitting in the kitchen, but hearing a
crash she got up ran into the brew house, and thereby saved her life, for a
portion of the stack came through the roof, smashed chairs and tables, bent
fenders, and tore down the gas pipes. The upper portion of the stack fell over
on to the adjoining house (Mr Benjamin's), took the roof of
the back portion completely off, went through the floor of the attic, and buried
three persons who were sitting in a room upon the ground floor. Joists and
rafters were broken into matchboard, the furniture of one room fell into the
room below, everything was smashed and yet, strange to say, no lives were lost.
Mr. and Mrs. Solomon and a Mr. Lewis were sitting by a round table, and although
it was broken to pieces, they miraculously escaped with a few cuts and
contusions of a not very serious nature..’
8 March 1861 page 1
Accident to Mr Benjamin of Dudley. In a gale a chimney fell on his house. He
is a native of London, resident in Dudley about 6 years. Family of five.
[Note: In the 1861 Census, Mr Dudley was a neighbour of Mr Benjamin who was a
neighbour of Mr Solomon]
Chronicle, 29 March 1861 page 8
Donations for Mr Solomon and family. 4 of 10s each
Chronicle, 5 April 1861 page 8
Further donations. Birmingham congregation £2.2.0; 10 other contributions
from Birmingham £2.1.0; From Dudley, non-Jews, £1.10.0.
Chronicle, 1 December 1871 page5
‘In this small but flourishing town, on Sunday last the 26th of
November, a movement was carried into effect, which, seemingly unimportant
though it be now, will lead in the future, perhaps to very great results.
Formerly the Jewish inhabitants of Dudley were comparatively numerous, and for
some considerable they formed a community, possessing a synagogue, Scrolls of
the Law, &c. For many years, however, the congregation has ceased to exist; and
now there are in Dudley but two resident Jewish families and fifteen young men,
who, making Dudley their headquarters, travel to work in the vicinity’.
Agreed to form a congregation.
Mr B. Benjamin elected President
Cohen Dight elected Treasurer
Mr Benjamin Jnr appointed Hon Sec.
Chronicle, 8 December 1871 page
Correction to report of 1 December. Should be Cohen Gight (sic)
Chronicle, 29 December 1871 page
‘A SYNAGOGUE FOR DUDLEY’
Appeal for funds for a place of worship.
B. Benjamin, President High Street; C. Gicht(sic), Treasurer, Flood Street
Chronicle, 11 October 1895 page
Services were held in Dudley at Mr Louis Bugeisky’s house, 12 Himley Road.
Mr S. Joseph of the Beth Hamedrash, Birmingham, was Hazan. This is the first
time services were held in Dudley for 25 years.
Chronicle, 8 October 1897 page
Services were held at the residence of Mr Louis Bugeisky. Mr Wittenburg of
Birmingham acted as Hazan.
Chronicle, 11 May 1900 page 26
Where Jews are scarce.- Mr. Henry N.
Sir, - The following incident may prove
of interest to your readers. Last week, while in Dudley (Staffs), I was stopped
in the street and asked if I was a Jew? Replying that I was pleased to belong to
that persuasion, the stranger then asked whether I would make one for Minyan. No
one would credit that such a thing is possible in a town with a population
standing at nearly 60,000, while the district Brierley Hill of 13,000 possesses
only one Jewish family, and Stourbridge, with a like number of inhabitants, has
no Jewish families’.
Chronicle, 10 January 1902
service will be held at the house of Mr I. Goldston, Market Place, President. Mr
M. Fenton has been appointed shochet, teacher and mohel.
Chronicle, 23 May 1902 page 20
Sermon by Rev G.J.
Emanuel, at Birmingham synagogue.
Jewish inhabitants are too few to form an effective congregation, Wolverhampton,
Coventry, and Dudley, e.g., in our own neighbourhood…’
Chronicle, 10 October 1902 page 2
Mr and Mrs J.
Marcuson of Dudley will be pleased to see relatives and friends for the bar
mitzvah of their eldest son Leonard. A portion of the Law will be read at the
Temperance Hall, Dudley. 62 Shaw Road, Dudley.
Chronicle, 10 October 1902 page 31
conducted by Mr Fenton of Dudley and Mr Miller of Birmingham, at the Temperance
Chronicle, 3 July 1903 page 24
Rev M. Fenton of
Dudley has been elected minister of Chatham Memorial Synagogue.
Chronicle, 16 October 1903 page 25
held during the festivals at the Temperance Hall, ‘which was fitted up as a
temporary synagogue by the members’. Services were conducted by Rev. S. Kahn,
assisted by Mr Miller of Birmingham.
Chronicle, 27 May 1904 page 27
held at the house of the President, Mr H. Cohen. Rev S. Kahn officiated.
Chronicle, 29 July 1904 page 28
Mr E. Bloom, late
of Tredegar, has been appointed Shohet and Teacher of the Dudley community.
Chronicle, 23 September 1904 page 23
Services were conducted by Rev Mr Goldblatt of Leeds and Rev S. Kahn, late of
Chronicle, 6 October 1905 New Year
Greetings page 2
Mr & Mrs L.
Bugeisky and family, 2 Nelson Road, Dudley.
Chronicle, 2 February 1906 page 35
At an examination
held at Worcester, in connection with the College of Violinists, on January 13,
Master Bernard Ash aged 14, son of Mr & Mrs M. Ash, Dudley, late of Abertillery,
passed with honours gaining 91 marks.
Chronicle, 2 February 1906 page 3
and Teacher; wages 5s weekly. Apply to I. Goldstone, President, 61, Snow-hill,
Chronicle, 2 March 1906 page 3
Fund re ‘Outrages
on the Russian Jews’
S. Bacharach (Dudley) £1.1.0
Chronicle, 11 May 1906 pages 20-1
Letter from W.
Hirshewitz, Wellington Road, Dudley, on Zionism.
Chronicle, 5 October 1906 page 31
held in the Public Hall and were again conducted by Mr Harris of Abertillery and
Rev W. Hirshowitz (sic)
Chronicle, 21 December 1906 page 37
Mr H. Cohen gave
an entertainment to the children attending the Hebrew and Religion Classes.
Chronicle, 8 March 1907 page 32
Mrs J. Pappe gave
an entertainment to the pupils of the Religion Classes in celebration of Purim.
Chronicle, 17 December 1909 page 17
At the instance
of Rev A. Brody the local Education Committee has exempted Jewish children from
school attendance on Friday after ‘the entry’ of the Sabbath.
Chronicle, 1 January 1915 page 9
Fund for Belgian
Jewish Refugees. Collected by Masters Harry Cohen and Alex Coleman of Dudley 21s
[from named children]
Chronicle, 23 July 1920 page 34
Last Sunday an
illuminated address and silver cup to H.J. Dainow of Birmingham. For valuable
services rendered ‘to this congregation’ during 1915-1920 in the absence of a
minister at Dudley.
Chronicle, 7 January 1921 page 10
At a meeting at
the residence of Mr D. Comar at Dudley £21 was raised for Ukrainian refugees
Chronicle, 11 May 1923 page 4
Formation of a
Class for Hebrew and religious instruction under the auspices of the Jewish War
Memorial, by Mr Alexander, Brierley Hill and Mr L.J. Libgott of Birmingham. Mr
D. Moss appointed Headmaster.
Chronicle, 6 June 1924 page 1
for Jewish Education. Grant of £15 to the Dudley Classes.
Chronicle, 20 February 1925 page 30
At Dudley Police
Court, Philip Cohen of 55 Wellington Road, Dudley, was summoned by wife Elsie
for a maintenance order on grounds of desertion. Married 7 years ago. She
Christian and they married in a church according to Church of England ritual.
But they were also married in a synagogue.
He left her on 2
Chronicle, 7 November 1941 page 22
Universities Higher Schools Certificate exams. G. Kreisel, Dudley
Chronicle, 10 October 1947 page 13
Mathematics and Science Master at Dudley has been appointed Science Lecturer at
Bournemouth Municipal Technical College
Chronicle, 22 April 1948 page 12
‘Rally of Midland
members attended from Leeds, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Oxford, Birmingham,
Derby, Northampton, Coventry, and Dudley.
Chronicle, 9 October 1953 page 21
Reference to a
’Jewish’ firm, Dudley Furnishing Co., at Birmingham Mail Ideal Home Exhibition
Chronicle, 1 July 1955 page 18
Obituary of Rev
Born Poland 78
years ago. Came to England 1907 and the then Chief Rabbi appointed him shochet
and religious leader of the Jewish community of Dudley. 3 years later went to
Buenos Aires, then back to UK.
Chronicle, 20 November 1959 page 35
Man remanded on
charge of murder of Louis Cassell, 87-year old money lender, on October 2. He
was the ‘grand old man of Birmingham Jewry but murdered in his Dudley office.
Man found not
Chronicle, 5 February 1960 page 21)
Chronicle, 25 January 1963 page vi
Profile of E.
Alec Colman. Born in Tipton, the only Jewish family. His father used to conduct
services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Dudley, and Alec did the layening.
Chronicle, 10 May 1968 page 9
to ex-president Cyril Joseph at the Dudley Golf Club.
Chronicle, 30 June 2000 page 20
from Czechoslovakia, arrived in UK 1939. Became art mistress of Dudley High
School. Married Czech man in RAF and returned to Czechoslovakia. (First British
Chronicle, 8 July 2005 page 31
Profile of Jack
Cohen, inter alia, Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University.
had been a rabbi in Dudley’.
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