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Press Reports relating to the Llanelli Jewish Community
1937 - 1959
Information within square brackets is from the compiler
(Note: The spelling of "Llanelly" and "Llanelli"
are reproduced here as in the original source. The changeover from
Llanelly to Llanelli took place in the 1960s. The Jewish Chronicle
began the "Llanelli" spelling in 1966 but continued a number of
extracts with the "Llanelly" spelling after that date.)
Chronicle, 22 January 1937 page 48
At annual meeting of the congregation the balance sheet showed an
increase. Elected: S. Miron, President; H. Cohen, Treasurer; O. J. Benjamin,
Secretary; I. Landy, O. J. Benjamin, J. S. Kurshion, J. Aarons, and J. Levi,
Committee. Education Committee: O. J. Benjamin, Chairman; P. Sharff, J. Aarons,
M. Rubenstein, and A. Weinstein. J. L. Berman, Auditor.
Chronicle, 7 May 1937 page 68
Annual Meeting of the Jewish Ladies’ Benevolent Society. Elected:
Mesdames S. Miron, President;
M. Green, Treasurer; Miss R. Shipman, Hon Sec; Mesdames H. Cohen, M. Rubenstein, R. Abenson, I. Landy, S. Paster,
H. Kershon, R. Benjamin, I. Weinstein, and the Misses E. Davies and S. Benjamin, Committee.
Chronicle, 8 October 1937 page 9
Engagement. Abraham, son of Mr and Mrs I. Weinstein, 25 Greenfield
Villas, to Anna, youngest daughter of
Mr and Mrs Barnett Sugarman of Brighton.
[Marriage. Abraham Weinstein March 1939 Brighton 2b 433//Annie Sugarman]
Chronicle, 22 October 1937 page 1
Death on 17 October in London of Sophie Litovitch, relict of the late
Rev I. Litovitch, Mourned by, inter alia,
daughter Annie, Mrs Rubenstein, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 7 January 1938 page 15
Miss Hetty Benjamin has been awarded the Dr Joseph Parry National
Musical Scholarship for 3 years at Cardiff University.
Chronicle, 7 January 1938 page 48
Ref to Miriam Landy, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 28 January 1938 page 48
Ref to Louis Arran
[in 4 February 1938 p. 52 address is 101 Station Road, Llanelly].
Chronicle, 4 February 1938 page 36
Annual meeting of congregation. Elected: S. Miron, President; H. Cohen,
Treasurer; O. J. Benjamin, Hon Sec; E. Levi, J. Aaron, and I. Weinstein, Committee.
J. L. Berman re-elected Auditor,
Chronicle, 4 February 1938 page 52
Ref to Ralph Cass, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 25 February 1938 page 48
Ref to Pamela Cohen. Llanelly
Chronicle, 11 March 1938 page 29
Mrs. Rubinstein has presented the synagogue with a Kiddush cup in
remembrance of her parents the late Rev and Mrs Litovitch of Port Talbot.
Chronicle, 27 May 1938 page 6
Wanted. Young Austrian or German girl able to cook and do light
housework. Comfortable home. Small family. Mrs Green, 3 Mina
London Gazette, 28 July 1939 page 5207
To be 2Lt in 8 battalion, Foresters. 16 July 1939. Wilfrid Lyonel
Miron [born Llanelly]
Chronicle, 23 June 1939 page 1
Death on 19 June, Tiba Benjamin, wife of Lewis Benjamin, 4 College
[Death. Tiba Benjamin June 1939 aged 58 Llanelly 11a 1142]
Chronicle, 25 August 1939 page 2
Death as result of accident in Cardiff, David Schwartz aged 46 and Zoe
Schwartz aged 18, inter alia brother-in-law and niece of Mr and Mrs Myer Green,
Llanelly, and Mr and Mrs Harry Cohen, Llanelly and friends of
Rose Shipman and Esta Davies, Llanelly’
Marriage to be solemnized on 5 November at Hove Synagogue of Rev Isaac
Cohen BA son of Mr and Mrs S. Cohen of Llanelly to Fanny, daughter of
Mr and Mrs Weisfogel of London and Hove.
[Fanny H. Weisfogel December 1939 Hove 2b 1260//Isaac Cohen]
Chronicle, 26 January 1940 page 18
Annual election of officers and Committee of thw congregation.
Sheet presented by Treasurer, Mr J. Berman. Elected: S. Miron,
President; E. Levi.
Treasurer and Secretary,
Chronicle, 9 February 1940 page 1
Death on 1 February at 3 Mina Street, Annie Selina Cohen, aged 78, wife of
the late Cohen of Cardiff. Mother of, inter alia, Sarah Green and
Harry Cohen of Llanelly.
[Death. Annie Cohen March 1940 aghed 78 Llanelly 11a 2471]
Chronicle, 29 March 1940 page 32
Letter from soldier extolling hospitality of Llanelly Jews to
soldiers. Says there are
28-30 Jewish families.
Chronicle, 28 July 1940 page 15
Miss Hetty Benjamin of Llanelly has gained BA with first class honours at Cardiff
Chronicle, 11 October 1940 page 14
Obituary of Solomon Lyons, Swansea, died aged 81. From one of oldest families in
South Wales – firm established 1731. His mother died aged 93, was born
Chronicle, 24 January 1941 page 3
Forthcoming marriage. Driver Alfred Louis Sherman RASC, Stamford Hill,
Esta, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs H. Davis of Bargoed now residing at 20 Greenfield Villas, Llanelly. To be solemnized at Llanelly on 9 February. Reception at
the Thoams Arms Hotel.
[Marriage. Alfred L. Sherman March 1941 Llanelly 11a 2391//Esther Davies(sic)]
Chronicle, 19 December 1941 page 13
Engagement. Moss, only son of Jacob Sherman and the late Mrs Sherman
of London, E1,
and Anne, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Landy, 7 Queen Victoria Road, Llanelly
[Marriage. Moss Sherman March 1942 Stepney 1c 444/Annie Landy]
Chronicle, 6 February 1942 page 3
Forthcoming marriage. Rev Hyman Davies of Ayr, Scotland, only son of Mr and
Mrs C. Davies, 54 Nathan Street, Llanelly, to Bessie Wolfson, Glasgow.
Chronicle, 27 February 1942 page 14
Annual meeting of congregation. Elected: I. Landy, President; M. Rubenstein, Treasurer;
Rev R. Abenson, Hon Sec; S. Landy, Education Officer ; J Berman, Auditor.
Chronicle, 14 April 1942 page 12
Profile of Maurice Landy, Son of Mr and Mrs S. Landy of Llanelly. Has
been minister at Port
Talbot for six years. Now appointed Minister and Secretary to St
Albans United Synagogue
Chronicle, 15 May 1942 page 3
Death on Wednesday 6 May, Florence, wife of late Jacob Cass of Manchester at her
daughter’s residence 101 Station Road, Llanelly. (Daughter Fanny Aronovitch.)
[Death. Florence Cass June 1942 aged 72 Llanelly 11a 1188]
Chronicle, 6 November 1942 page 9
Engagement. Abraham Berman BA of Hendon NW4, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Berman, 50 Trinity Road, Llanelly, to Sophie only daughter of Rev H.
and Mrs Goldman
of Ormskirk, formerly Liverpool.
[Marriage. Abraham Berman March 1943 Liverpool S. 8b 327//Sarah S. Goldman]
Chronicle, 2 April 1943 page 11
Hyman Israel, only son of Rev S. and Mrs Feldman of London W6, grandson of
Mr I. Solomon of Llanelly, scholar of Aria College, Winchester, will
read Sidra at
Shepherd’s Bush Synagogue on 10 April.
[Birth. Hyman I. I. Feldman June 1930 Llanelly 11a 1725. Mother Solomon]
Chronicle, 18 June 1943 page 11
At an afternoon tea given by Mrs Green, 3 Mina Street, Miss Irene
Joseph of London
addressed a large gathering. Contributions for 500 trees were promised.
Chronicle, 23 July 1943 page 9
A daughter, Diana Carol, was born on 14 July at the Glenelli Nursing
Home, Goring Road, Llanelly,
to Maria nee Myer, wife of Stanley Reed (RAF) of 50 Queen Victoria
[Birth. Diana C. Reed September 1943 Llanelly 11a 1454. Mother Myer]
Chronicle, 25 February 1944 page 16
Rev M. Landy appointed temporary Minister to Hendon, now at St Alban’s.
Chronicle, 3 March 1944 page 14
Rev Harry Landy appointed Minister, Secretary and Headmaster to Becontree
Associate Synagogue. Has been Minister to Biggleswade congregation for last 18 months. A brother Rev M. Landy just appointed to Hendon.
Chronicle, 28 July 1944 page 9
Rev R Abelson, Llanelly, appointed chaplain to RAF.
Chronicle, 6 October 1944 page 11
Engagement. Isaac H. Benjamin of Langland Bay, Swansea, eldest son of
late Mr and Mrs Lewis Benjamin of Llanelly, to Phyllis, only daughter of Mr and Mrs S, Glass of Leeds.
[Marriage. Isaac H. Benjamin December 1944 Leeds 9b 835//Phyllis Glass]
Chronicle, 12 January 1945 page 9.
Engagement. Hyman (HMF) son of Mr and Mrs Isaac Landy, 74 New Road, Llanelly, to Renee, twin daughter of Mr and
Mrs Julius Abelson of Salford.
[Hyman M. Landy June 1945 Salford 8d 1296//Renee Abelson]
Chronicle, 26 January 1945 page 3
Death of Rev Isaac Solomon on Shevat 8 at Old Castle Road. Mourned
by,inter alia, daughters
Mrs R. Feldman (Shepherd’s Bush), and Mrs . wift (Brixton).
[Death. Isaac Solomon March 1945 aged 62. Llanelly 11a 1334]
Chronicle, 2 February 1945 page 11
Obituary of Rev Isaac Solomon, aged 62. Minister of Llanelly for 20
years. Survived by
son and two daughters.
Chronicle, 6 April 1945 page 9
Engagement. Pfc Stanley Goldstein of New Jersey, USA, to Betty, only daughter of
Mr and Mrs J. Coleman of 150a Station Road, Llanelly
[Marriage. Stanley Goldstein December 1945 Llanelly 11a 2711//Bessie
Chronicle, 27 April 1945 page 16
Ref to Alan M. Cohen
[on 31 May 1946 p. 20 full name given as Alan Max Cohen]
London Gazette, 28 June 1945 page 3374
To be OBE. Wilfred(sic) Lyonel Miron Major (Temporary) Infantry (Llanelly).
Chronicle, 14 September 1945 page 4
New Year Greetings
Mr and Mrs Hyman Landy and daughters, 103 Station Road, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 19 October 1945 page 2
Birth, On October 4 to Lilo(?) nee Stern, wife of Mr A. Waxman, a
39 Maesyrhaf Road, Llanelly.
[Birth. Faith Waxman December 1945 Llanelly 11a 1379. Mother Stern]
[Marriage. Alfred Waxman September 1944 Leeds 9b 887//Lieselotte Stern]
Chronicle, 19 October 1945 page 13
Meeting of clergy in the synagogue which sent message to the Prime
that steps be taken to alleviate the situation in Europe by permitting
the immigration of 100,000
into Palestine. Special prayers for the Jews of Europe were offered in
Llanelly churches and chapels.
Chronicle, 2 November 1945 page 11
Engagement. Albert, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Saul Cass of 7 Cowell
to Joyce, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs David Geller of St Alban’s.
[Marriage. Albert Cass September 1946 Hackney 5c 1861//Joyce Geller]
Chronicle, 8 February 1946 page 3
Death on 26 January of Albert Cohen aged 19, oldest son of Mr and Mrs
S. Cohen of N16 late of
[Death. Albert Cohen March 1946 aged 20 Barnet 3a 1381]
Chronicle, 8 February 1946 page 13
At meeting of the community it was decided to form a Zionist Society.
Elected: Rev A. Waxman,
President; Mrs S. Green, Vice-President; Mr H. Land Treasurer; Mrs E. Sherman and Mrs A. Landy, Hon Secs.
A dance has been held by the Society.
Chronicle, 7 June 1946 page 11
Engagement. Oscar Benjamin Ll.B., youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Lewis Benjamin of 19 Greenfield
Villas, Llanelly, to Bertha, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs Morris Cohen
of Cardiff, late of Ammanford.
[Marriage.Oscar J. Benjamin September 1946 Cardiff 8b 556//Bertha Cohen]
Chronicle, 9 August 1946 page 12
Mrs S. Green’s motherly attention to many hundreds of GIs in Llanelly
is acknowledged in a recent article
in the New York Yiddish daily The Forward.
Chronicle, 16 August 1946 page 17
Birth of daughter Gillian Ruth on 6 August at the Glenelli Nursing
Home, Llanelly, to Renee nee
Abelson, wife of Hyman Landy, 3 Denham Avenue, Llanelly.
[Birth. Gillian R. Landy September 1946 Llanelly 8a 401. Mother Abelson]
Chronicle, 4 October 1946 page 17
New Year Greetings
Mr and Mrs Hyman Landy and daughters, 103 Station Road, Llanelly
Chronicle, 8 November 1946 page 5
Memorial stone for Isaac Weinstein late of Llanelly will be consecrated at
Eastbourne Cemetery on 10 November.
[Death. Isaac Weinstein December 1945 aged 72 Eastbourne 2b 160]
Chronicle, 21 March 1947 page 7
Engagement. Jack Coleman, elder son of Mr and Mrs Z.(sic) Coleman of
150a Station Road,
Llanelly, to Doris, only daughter of Mr and Mrs R. Santhouse of Leeds.
[Marriage. Jack Coleman September 1948 Heywood 10c 183//Doris Santhouse]
Chronicle, 25 July 1947 page 15
Swansea Young Zionists to be revived. At a meeting there were
from Neath, Port Talbot and Llanelly. Acting Hon Sec David Glynne, 74 Station Road,
Chronicle, 15 August 1947 page 7.
Engagement. Harry, only son of Mrs B. Jaffa and the late Max Jaffa
of 3 Victoria Terrace, Newbridge, Mon, to Edith, younger daughter of
Mr and Mrs S. Cohen,
74 New Dock Road, Llanelly
[Edith Cohen December 1947 Cardiff 8b 544//Herman M. Jaffa]
Chronicle, 5 December 1947 page 17
Letter. There is move to establish a communal monthly bulletin to
cater for those
in Llanelly, Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea.
London Gazette, 13 February 1948 page 1048
Certificate of naturalisation. Bernat Hecht, known as Bernard Hecht,
15 Alban Road, Llanelly. On 8 January 1948.
Chronicle, 15 October 1948 page 12
Rev E. Morris of Swansea officiated at the unveiling of a memorial
tablet to Mrs Harris(sic)
Rubenstein, a founder of the Llanelly synagogue. ‘Religious services
and other communal
functions were held in her house before the erection of the synagogue.’
Chronicle, 3 December 1948 page 4
Llanelly Hebrew Congregation requires Shochet, Reader, Teacher and Baal Koreh.
Salary £520 p.a. Apply I. Landy, 74 New Road, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 17 December 1948 page 15
On occasion of his silver wedding Mr M. Rubenstein was presented with a silver
cigarette box by the President of the congregation, I. Landy, for his
services as Treasurer.
Presentation made at a social in the house of Mrs S. Fishman,
Bryndulais Avenue, Llanelly.
[Marriage. Morris M. R. Rubenstein March 1923 Swansea 11a
Chronicle, 20 May 1949 page 14
Elected at annual meeting of the Ladies’ Benevolent Society: Mrs M.
Green, President; Mrs S. Paster,
Treasurer; and Mrs D. Rubenstein, Secretary.
Chronicle, 24 June 1949 page 15
First annual garden party at Penarth Home for Aged Jews [Cardiff].
Stalls were organised
by Newport, Pontypridd, Merthyr and Llanelly committees.
Chronicle, 8 July 1949 page 18 Young Israel.
Michael Howard, 15 Llanelly Road, Llanelly, aged 8 wants
correspondents in Europe
Chronicle, 13 January 1950 page 7
Engagement. David, eldest son of Mr and Mrs I. Glynn, 74 Station Road, Llanelly,
to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mrshel Benjamin and the late Mr E. Benjamin
of 168 The Drive, Ilford, Essex.
[No marriage found]
London Gazette, 3 October 1950 page 4914
Territorial Efficiency Decoration to Major (Hon LtCol) W. L. Miron MBE.
Chronicle, 27 December 1950 page 15
Chanukah party held for children of the Hebrew Classes was followed by
a social evening
organised by the Llanelly Jewish Ladies’ Guild at which £75 was raised
for Jewish Child’s
Day. Silver Kiddush cup was presented to Llanelly synagogue by Mrs R. Britz of Swansea in
memory of her daughter Sarah.
Chronicle, 5 January 1951 page 19
Young Israel. References to Adele and Alan
Chronicle, 6 April 1951 page 7
Engagement. Julian, only son of Mrs G. Davies and the late Mr H. Davies of 6 New Zealand Street,
Llanelly, to Nelly Marie, elder daughter of Mrs S. Kindler and the
late Mr C. Kindler of
[Marriage. Nelly M. Kindler September 1952 Westminster 5a
1000//Herbert J. Davies]
Chronicle, 4 May 1951 page 7
Engagement. Moss Simons of NY, USA, elder son of Mr and Mrs E. Simons
of Edgware to
Edna, only child of Mr and Mrs Charles Kay of London E5 and Llanelly.
[Marriage. Edna H. Kay June 1951 Hackney 5c 1204//Moss Simons]
Chronicle, 22 June 1951 page 14
Cheque for £50 has been sent to the Jewish Women’s Week Fund by the
Chronicle, 31 August 1951 page 19
Reference to bar mitzvah of Alan Max Cohen.
[Birth. Alan M. Cohen September 1938 Llanelly 11a 1368. Mother Nadler]
Chronicle, 28 September 1951 page 2.
Death of Freda Walzer, London N16. Daughter
of Mrs Fishman. Mourned
by inter alia brother Sidney [Fishman], Llanelly.
Chronicle, 2 November 1951 page 6
Obituary of Mrs B. Cohen, Beattie Cohen, at age 43 Secretary of
Llanelly Ladies’ Guild.
Husband Harry Cohen Treasurer of congregation.
[Death. Beatrice Cohen December 1951 aged 43 Llanelly 8a 306]
Chronicle, 29 February 1952 page 16
Lt Col Wilfrid L. Miron OBE to has been appointed Deputy Chairman of
the East Midlands
Division of the National Coal Board. Son of Mr and Mrs S. Miron of Nottingham,
foremerly of Llanelly.
Chronicle, 16 May 1952 page 15
Annual meeting of congregation. Elected: Hyman Landy (Wynarth?), President;
Hyman Landy (Denham Avenue), Treasurer; Sidney H. Davies, Hon Sec; H. Cohen, representative at
Board of Deputies; H. Cohen, S. Broad, J. Arron, E. Levi, M. Rubenstein, S. Howard, Committee.
Chronicle, 3 October 1952 page 7
Engagement. Walter, son of the late Dr and Mrs S. Wagner and nephew of
Mr and Mrs Myer Green, 3 Mina Street, Llanelly, to Sheila Louise, elder daughter
of Mr and Mrs Sidney Michaels, London NW11.
[Marriage. Walter Wagner June 1953 Hendon 5e 1057//Sheila L. Michaels]
Chronicle, 24 April 1953 page 6
‘Octogenarian’. One of the two founders of the Llanelly Hebrew
Congregation, Mr. Harris(sic)
Rubenstein, who celebrated his 80th birthday last week, was Treasurer
of that body for 25 years
from 1900. Shortly after settling in Swansea he became a member of the
Swansea Hebrew Committee
Management Committee. In celebrating his birthday, when called to the
reading of the Law at Swansea, he
offered a guinea for each year of his life. He came to Britain about
70 years ago and his family was
responsible for bringing to Llanelly two other families, named Palto
and Landy, who have been
prominent in local communal work ever since. His family first went to
Llanelly through a mistake.
His uncle, with his family, were on a boat going to America from
Hamburg. After three weeks at sea –
the ship was off course – during which the passengers were reduced to
eating one piece of bread
and the vessel made port at Swansea’.
Chronicle, 11 September 1953 page 18
Wedding in Llanelly last week, the first in Llanelly synagogue for 12 years. Parents of bride Mr and Mrs Lewis
Price of Llanelly, and of groom, Mr and Mrs Monty Cohen of Cardiff, ie
Betty Price and Marcus Cohen.
[Marriage. Beatrice Price September 1953 Llanelly 8a 707//Marcus Cohen]
Rachel Palto of 93 Station Road, Llanelli. Wife of Samuel Palto. Died
14 December 1953 at Llanelly Hospital.
Administration to Samuel Palto, retired draper. Effects £1,410.
Chronicle, 12 February 1954 page 6
Ronald Cass, musical director of show at the New Lindsay Theatre was
born 29 years ago
in Llanelly, studied music and economics at University of Wales. Has
been Lecturer in Economics at
University College Swansea and other places.
Chronicle, 26 February 1954 page 2
Death on 22 February at 5 Murray Street of S. Kirstein, husband of
Margot and father of Irene and Judith.
[Death. Siegmund F. Kirstein March 1954 aged 65 Llanelly 8a 396]
Siegmund Friedrich Kirstein of 5 Murray Street,
Llanelly, died 22 February 1954.
Probate to Margot Kirstein, widow. Effects £100.
Chronicle, 9 April 1954 page 7
Birth. Twin daughters, Barbara and Susan on 30 March at Glasfryn
Maternity Home, to Leah
Rosenblatt, wife of Hyman Landy of ‘Wynarth’, 11 Gower View, Llanelly’
[Birth. Barbara Landy June 1954 Llanelly 8a 337}
[Birth.Susan Landy June 1954 Llanelly 8a 337 }
Chronicle, 9 July 1954 page 3
Llanelly Hebrew Congregation invites applications
for position of
reader, shochet and teacher. Salary £700 p.a. House available. Apply
H. Landy, 3 Denham Avenue.
[repeated 23.7.1954 p.3]
Chronicle, 16 July 1954 page 7
Bar Mitzvah. Michael, only son of Mr and Mrs Bernard Howard of
‘Heywood’, Tyrfan Avenue,
Llanelly, will read Sidra and Haftarah at Llanelly Synagogue on 17 July.
[Birth. Michael Hecht September 1941 W. Glamorgan 11a 1839. Mother Kurshion]
Chronicle, 20 August 1954 page 2
Bar Mitzvah. Velwyn, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Archie Cohen of Manchester and
grandson of the late Mr and Mrs Moshe Paster of Llanelly will read Sidra and
Haftarah at Manchester on 28 August.
[Birth. Velwyn Cohen September 1941 Llanelly 11a 2155]
Chronicle, 24 September 1954
New Year Greetings page XI
Mr and Mrs E. Landy and sons, 7 Denham Avenue, Llanelly.
Mr and Mrs Hyman Landy, Gower View, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 24 September 1954
New Year Greetings page XII
Rev D. and Mrs Josovic, to Plymouth and Llanelly congregations.
Chronicle, 8 October 1954 page 2
Daughter, Barbara, born 25 September in the Glasfyn Maternity Home to
Leila nee Mocton wife of Reuben Cohen 166 New Road, Llanelly. A sister for
[Birth. Barbara Cohen December 1954 Llanelly 8a 291. Mother Mockton(sic)]
[Birth. Wendy S. Cohen December 1953 8a 326. Mother Mocton]
Chronicle, 15 October 1954 page 7
Engagement. Michael Berman ACA, elder son of Mr and Mrs Harry Berman of
50 Trinity Road, Llanelly, to Esther, younger daughter of Mrs S. Schwarz and the late
Mr Barnett Schwarz of Clapton E5.
[Marriage. Michael Berman March 1945 Hackney 5c 1695//Esther Schwartz(sic)]
Chronicle, 17 December 1954 page 2
Death on December 8 at Cardiff of Mr Samuel Cohen aged 82 late of 74 New Dock Road,
Llanelly. Wife Rose, children (inter alia) Myer and Reuben (Llanelly)
and Rabbi Isaac Cohen (Edinburgh).
[Death. Samuel Cohen December 1954 aged 82 Cardiff 8b 163]
Chronicle, 4 February 1955 page 7
Engagement. Ronald Cass BA, second son of Mr and Mrs Saul Cass of 7
Cowell Street, Llanelly,
to Valerie, younger daughter of Dr Cecil Carton, and the late Mrs Carton, Streatham, SW16.
[Marriage. Ronald Cass June 1955 Paddington 5d 487//Valerie D. Carton]
Chronicle, 25 March 1955 page 25
‘The Rabbis of Llanelly’, by Michael Freedland.
When the Chief Rabbi visits Llanelly on April 27 he will find in this
steel town of 40,000
a Jewish community of 100, a synagogue, a Ladies’ Guild, a Ladies’
and a Mizrachi group.
Llanelly, in the days when it had about 50 families produced a dozen
rabbis and ministers.
The story begins about 50 years ago with Isaac Solomon who settled and
to the handful of Jews. He was also chazan, teacher and shochet. He
also had small
grocer’s shop attached to his house. He could speak Welsh.
Among the people he taught in the Hebrew Classes include Rabbi Isaac
Cohen of Edinburgh,
Rabbi Myer Berman of Wembley, Rabbi M. Landy of Cricklewood, and his
cousin Harry [Landy],
now chairman of the Mizrachi organisation of Great Britain and Ireland.
Also Rev A. Rose of Ealing, Rev H. D. Ritvo of Luton, and Rev M. Bloom, Assistant Miniister
of the Brighton Synagogue. One pupil was Captain A. Berman, clerk to
of Guardians, Solomon’s son Harry, now spiritual head of a community
There are E. S. Conway, Principal of the Jewish Orphanage and J. H. Finn, Headmaster of the
Stamford Hill Talmud Torah.
All three of Solomon’s daughters married rabbis. Phoebe married Rabbi
Morris Swift who
became Dayan of the Beth Din, then to South Africa then to USA.
Sophie married Rev R. Feldman, minister of Shepherd’s Bush. Chanah
married Rabbi S. Chalamish in Israel.
Chronicle, 1 April 1955 page 25
Letter from H. Silverstone, Birmingham.
Writer was Past President of Llanelly Hebrew Congregation of over 40 years ago and one
of the founders of the synagogue. The article on rabbis is only part
of the achievement
of the community. The professions are well represented. There is one
PhD, one doctor
of medicine, one barrister, a solicitor and one who became a high
official in the Midlands
Chronicle, 8 April 1955 page 17
Letter from Hyman Landy, ‘Hymlea’, 11 Gower View, Llanelly.
Honour is due to the late Mrs Ethel Berman, the first to send her son
The late father of Mr B. Bloom of the London Board of Shechita assisted the Rev Mr Jacover who conducted a shiur in the synagogue for many years.
Other men from
Llanelly are Rev I. Paster of the Manchester Board of Shechita, Rev H. Davies of Hull,
and Mr M. Fine, an Assistant Teacher of Hebrew at Swansea.
Chronicle, 8 April 1955 page 17
Letter from Raymond Pollard, London, N2. Writer was born in Llanelly
and his father was first or at any rate
among the earlier Presidents. He corrects Silverstone’s statistics.
Says there were two medical
practitioners and seven solicitors.
[NOTE. He was born Reuben Policovsky 1908. In the 1911 Census his
father was Hiser Policovsky.
But no sign of the father as a President.]
Chronicle, 6 May 1955 page 19
Reconsecration of Llanelly synagogue by the Chief Rabbi.
officiated by Rev A. Btysz of Swansea.
Attended by the Roman Catholic Mayor, Alderman J. Zammit, the Vicar of
Llanelly, Canon Islwyn
Davies and members of other denominations. Rabbi Rogonitsky and Rev A. Zucker of Cardiff
participated in the service.
At a tea speakers included Monty Landy, chairman of the Friends of
Magen David Adom (originally
Llanelly). Rabbi Isaac Cohen, Edinburgh, (originally Llanelly), Hyman
Landy, Treasurer, his cousin, also
Hyman Landy, Mr S. Davies from Swansea, Mr Ennis Landy, Mr Bernard
Howard, Mr M. Fine,
Rev A. Zucker from Cardiff and Canon Davies.
Chronicle, 6 May 1955 page 19
‘Origins of Llanelly Community’.
Mr Harris(sic) Rubenstein, who was Treasurer at Llanelly for 25 years
and thereafter for 12 years a member of the Swansea Management Committee and who last week
82nd birthday, has described the origins of the community.
In 1880 Mr Rubenstein’s mother’s brother decided to emigrate to the
USA. The ship
drifted for 3 weeks before tying up in Swansea. Only a few of the 600
on board stayed
in the area, including the Barnetts who settled in Llanelly. A year
later a brother of
Mr Rubenstein and a friend, Isaac Benjamin, joined them and in 1881
Mr Harris(sic) Rubenstein and the remainder of his family settled in Llanelly.
Mr Rubenstein’s father moved to Swansea and set up a wallpaper
business, still in the
family. By now there were a half dozen families in Llanelly, and they went
to Swansea for festivals.
Llanelly resolved to set up own minyan and in 1897 Mr Rubenstein and
his brother and the
three brothers Benjamin originated Holyday services at the present-day
Albion Hotel and
Sabbath services were held in the parlour of Mr Rubenstein’s house.
1900 the congregation
was formerly established with Isaac Benjamin as President and
Harris(sic) Rubenstein as
Treasurer. A Mr Lipman was the first paid official but after him came
Isaac Solomon and the
synagogue was opened in 1909.
[NOTES. No signs of Barnett or Lipman. The JC 22 August 1902 says that
will be first in the town, and that the first president mentioned was
Wolf Lyons and Trreasurer
Chronicle, 16 September 1955
New Year Greetings page XI
Mr and Mrs E. Landy, 56 New Road, Llanelly.
Mr and Mrs Hyman Landy, ‘Hym-Lea’, Gower View, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 2 March 1956 page 11
Jews’ College Centenary Building and Endowment Fund was launched in South
Wales. The 25 families which constitute the Llanelly congregation
out of their £2,000 target.
Chronicle, 31 August 1956 page 2
Death. Issie, younger son of the late Mr and Mrs Cass of Manchester,
died 11 August.
101 Station Road, Llanelly.
[Death. Israel Cass September 1965 aged 57 Birmingham 9c 50]
Chronicle, 31 August 1956
New Year Greetings page XVII
Harry Cohen, 20 Greenfield Villas, Llanelly
Wally Howard, 41 Denham Avenue, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 14 June 1957 page 2
Death. Harry Cohen, mourned by only daughter Pamela, son-in-law Simon,
and granddaughter Nadine.
[Death. Harry Cohen June 1957 aged 55 Llanelly 8a 324]
[Marriage. Pamela L. Cohen December 1954 Hendon 5e 960//Shimon Majaro]
[Birth. Nadine B. Majaro June 1956 Willesden 5f 330. Mother Cohen]
Chronicle, 28 June 1957 page 29
Obituary of Harry Cohen. Has been President and Treasurer and assisted in
all charitable groups.
Chronicle, 12 July 1957 page 17
At annual meeting of congregation tributes paid to Harry Cohen, past President
and Treasurer and member of Board of Deputies. Elected: E. Landy, President;
H. Cass, Treasurer; D. Glynne, Secretary; S. Broad, Registrar; and E. Levi,
representative at Board of Deputies.
Chronicle, 20 September 1957
New Year Greetings page XVI
Wally Howard, 41 Denham Road, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 6 December 1957 page 27
Obituary. Mrs Sarah Landy, aged 77. Very pious and kind. Her house
always open to
the poor and needy and was a well-known meeting place for rabbis and laymen.
She encouraged shiurim to be held in her home and was associated with many
charitable causes including yeshivot and orphanages. One of her sons
is Rabbi M. Landy of Cricklewood.
Chronicle, 25 April 1958 page 25
Young Jewish composer making name for herself is Hetty Benjamin, known
as ‘Twinkle’. Teaches music in a London grammar school. Born in Llanelly.
[See above, 7 January 1938 page 15 and 28 July 1940 page 15.]
Chronicle, 11 June 1958 page 7
Engagement. Wally, younger son of the late Mr and Mrs Weitzber (Hecht), 43
D enham Avenue, Llanelly, to Mildred, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs H. Hyam, Stamford Hill.
[No marriage found]
Chronicle, 13 June 1958 page 19.
Meeting of congregation. Re-elected: E. Landy, President; H. Cass, Treasurer;
L. D. Glynne, Hon Sec; E. Levi, representative at Board of Deputies.
Chronicle, 13 June 1958 page 26
Young Israel. Peter Saunders, Carmarthen, has Hebrew lessons
twice a week at Llanelly.
Chronicle, 14 November 1958 page 26
After a social event at home of Mr and Mrs Eli Levi, where £10 was
raised, a further £15 was raised for the Child Resettlement Fund following a similar event
at home of Mr and Mrs Ennis Landy.
Chronicle, 21 November 1958 page 7
Engagement. Michael, younger son of Mr and Mrs Israel Glynne, of 86 Queen Victoria Road, Llanelly,
to Barbara, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs David Gard, of London, NW10..
[Marriage. Michael Glynne (Glinternick) June 1960 Willesden 5f
Chronicle, 28 November 1958 page 21
New Chief Rabbi of Ireland is Rabbi Dr Isaac Cohen of Edinburgh for
past 10 years. Born in Llanelly.
Chronicle, 26 December 1958 page 14
The Child Resettlement Fund will benefit by £30 as a result of a social at the
home of Mr and Mrs Hyman Landy, Feinfoel Road, Llanelly.
Chronicle, 9 January 1959 page 7
A son, Neville, was born on 31 December 1958 at Glasfryn Nursing Home,
June nee Rubenstein wife of Henry Cass, 7 Cowell Street, Llanelly.
[Birth. Neville Cass March 1959 Llanelly 8a 322. Mother Rubenstein.]
Harries Rubenstein of 16 and 18 Pembury Road,
28 April 1959 at the General Hospital Rochford, Essex. Effects £5354 25s 10d.
19 December 1959 page 27
Television review. Pianist Joy Davidov of Llanelly appeared in Croeso, a
programme of music from Wales.
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