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SELECTED PRESS REPORTS RELATING TO

THE LEICESTER JEWISH COMMUNITY

 

The Jewish Chronicle and The Hebrew Observer, 22 June 1860

Leicester, 5620 - June 15th, 1860
To The Jewish Public

Few as the Jewish Residents of LEICESTER are, they yet feel most deeply the want of a SYNAGOGUE, in which they might regularly worship the God of their fathers, not less for their own edification than for that of the Jewish visitors who continually come to their town. They have for this purpose procured a Building, and collected amongst themselves £50.

It must, however, be clear that for so small a sum - considerable in proportion to their number and means - the Synagogue could not be established. They therefore earnestly and hopefully APPEAL to their Co-religionists throughout the United Kingdom, to assist them, by their Contributions, in carrying out the pious work in which they are engaged.
Donations will be thankfully received by -

Messrs. A. SPIELMANN and Co., Bankers, Lombard street, London;
A. BLANCKENSEE, Esq., 8, Great Charles-street, Birmingham.
By the President, S. HARRIS, Esq., Granby-street, Leicester.
And by the Treasurer, Jos. LEVY, Esq., East Gates, Leicester.”

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The Jewish Chronicle, 6 November 1874
 
Mr. Israel Hart, the President of the Leicester Congregation - brother of Alderman Hart, of Canterbury, who was twice in turn elected Mayor of that City - has been elected Town Councillor of Leicester by a large majority in a ward containing nearly 4,000 electors.

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The Jewish Chronicle, 4 June 1875
 
The Leicester Congregation and school have only recently been instituted. Dr. H. Adler visited the Synagogue where he was met by the leading members of the congregation and he afterwards examined the school children....

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The Jewish Chronicle, 12 November 1920
 
Tonypandy. A general meeting of the congregation was held. Mr. O. Gold presided. The Rev. A. Opolion, of Leicester, was elected Shochet, Teacher, Baal Koreh, etc. He will take up his duties on January 1st

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The Jewish Chronicle, 6 January 1922
 
Blackburn. The Rev. A. Opolion, the newly elected minister of the Congregation, has entered upon his duties. He was formerly minister at Tonypandy, and for five years served the Congregation at Leicester.

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The Jewish Chronicle, 23 May 1969
 
By offering a bursary towards the training of a candidate in purging and shechita, Leicester Hebrew Congregation has adopted a new method to fill the post of chazan/shochet, which has been vacant for almost a year. The candidate is 26-year-old Mr Salvador Benzaquen, who arrived in Leicester last week to take up an appointment as assistant minister to the congregation. The son of a rabbi, Mr Benzaquen was born in Melilla, Spain, and for the past eleven years has studied at the Sunderland Talmudical College and the Yeshiva Etz Chaim, London. In Leicester, Mr Benzaquen will also teach in the religion classes.

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The Jewish Chronicle, 6 August 1976
 
Obituary Rev Israel Joshua Kibel
[father of Rev. M.A. Kibel, former Assistant Minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation]
The death of the Rev I. J. Kibel is mourned by friends and colleagues, particularly in Golders Green where he lived for many years. Mr Kibel was the son of a renowned Polish chazan, Moshe Aron (Grodzisker). At an early age he occupied cantoral posts in Germany before coming to England in 1924. For some time he was at the New Synagogue, Stamford Hill, and during the war years he served the Oxford congregation. He was for a long period in the service of the London Board for Shechita. A musician of considerable talent, he composed many items of liturgical music. He is survived by a daughter, Regina, and a son, the Rev M. A. Kibel, minister of the Swansea Hebrew congregation

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The Jewish Chronicle, 14 April 1972
 
A special general meeting of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation last week accepted the resignation of the Rev J. Benzaquen, who is getting married and going to live in Belgium within the next six months. This will leave Leicester once again without a shochet. Before Mr Benzaquen's appointment in 1969, the position was vacant for a year. Mr Benzaquen's services had been secured by the offer of a bursary towards his training in shechita. Mr David Jacobs, president of the congregation, says that there is a "very remote hope" of finding another shochet who would also act as reader and teacher in the Hebrew classes. Arrangements are therefore being made for a shochet to attend from London once a week, while an assistant minister/reader/ teacher is being sought.

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The Jewish Chronicle, 23 June 1972
 
New reader for Leicester. From our Correspondent
The Rev Maurice A. Kibel has been appointed as assistant minister/reader/teacher to the Leicester Hebrew Congregation. A son and grandson of chazamim, Mr Kibel was educated at the Yeshiva Etz Chaim and Jews' College, London. He was formerly reader at the Upton Park and Streatham synagogues and taught at the Ilford synagogue Hebrew classes.

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The Jewish Chronicle, 19 January 1973
 
Mr Eugen Teichmann who died in London last week in his 70th year, was for 19 years reader, shochet and teacher to the Leicester Hebrew Congregation, before his retirement some five years ago. A native of Czechoslovakia, he studied at Miskolc, Galanta, and other yeshivot, and was a man of scholarship—a talmid chachim in the truest sense of the word. He came to England after the last war, having survived terrible suffering in some of Europe's worst concentration camps. His devotion to Judaism was all-absorbing and he was an acknowledged authority on ritual and shechita. Mr Teichmann is survived by his widow and a daughter. [On 16 February 1968, it was reported that a presentation was made on his retirement at Leicester.]

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The Jewish Chronicle, 6 August 1976
 
Obituary Rev Israel Joshua Kibel
[father of Rev. M.A. Kibel, former Assistant Minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation]
The death of the Rev I. J. Kibel is mourned by friends and colleagues, particularly in Golders Green where he lived for many years. Mr Kibel was the son of a renowned Polish chazan, Moshe Aron (Grodzisker). At an early age he occupied cantoral posts in Germany before coming to England in 1924. For some time he was at the New Synagogue, Stamford Hill, and during the war years he served the Oxford congregation. He was for a long period in the service of the London Board for Shechita. A musician of considerable talent, he composed many items of liturgical music. He is survived by a daughter, Regina, and a son, the Rev M. A. Kibel, minister of the Swansea Hebrew congregation

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