12 January 2010
Latest Revision or update: 4 August 2016
relating to the Abertillery Jewish Congregation, Wales
Jewish Chronicle, 24 March 1882 page 3
Fund for Persecuted Jews of Russia
Geo Hollander Abertillery £1.1.0
23 June 1893 page 1
Miss Rose Davies, Cardiff, to Samuel Samuels, Church Street, Abertilery.
2 February 1894 page 20
Meeting at Tredegar Synagogue of the Jewish Orphan Aid Society
A Vice-President is S. Samuel of Abertillery
21 December 1894 page 1
Isaac Joseph, son of Mr Myer Joseph of Treharris, to Rose, youngest daughter of
Rev L. Minski of Cardiff.
[Marriage. Isaac Joseph June 1895 Cardiff 11a 637/Sophia Rose Minski] In
5 March 1897 page 2
Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor
Collected by Mrs J. Simons, Abertillery, 6s.0d.
7 February 1900 page 12
Mr M. Ash, Somerset Street, Abertillery, has given a balloon clock to be drawn
in aid of the local branch of the War Fund.
2 March 1900 page 14
Balloon clock draw. Proceeds of £6 given to the local Soldiers’ and Sailors’
13 July 1900 page 2
Fund for building of Brynmawr Synagogue and Schoolroom
J. Simons Abertillery £3.3.0
M. Ash Abertillery £1.1.0
Myer Davidson Abertillery £1.1.0
D. Harris Abertillery £1.1.0
A. Faulkman Abertillery 10s 6d [Joseph Falkman?]
21 June 1901 page 19
ref to M. Cohen Shochet at Abertillery. At opening of Brynmawr Synagogue.
12 July 1901 page 29
Coventry congregation has appointed D. Caplan Chazan and Schochet. He came from
Abertillery where he has resided.
[In 1901 Census of Abertillery he is described a ’Jewish Minister’]
22 November 1901 page 34
Meeting of the West Monmouth and Breconshire branch of the Jews’ Hospital and
Orphan Asylum. Decided to reorganise. Among those elected was Michael Ash,
25 July 1902 page 1
Simon, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Simons of Abertillery, will read Portion
of the Law at his home on Saturday 26 July.
8 August 1902 page 22
General meting of the Brynmawr and Abertillery Zionist Society was held in
Brynmawr. Mr J. Simons of Abertillery presided.
[Hereafter many reports of meetings of the Brynmawr and Abertillery Zionist
31 October 1902 page 3
Appeal for sufferers of fire at Tredegar at which the wife of the Mr S. N.
Levene, Shochet, died. The Cmmittee includes Michael Ash, Somerset Street,
28 November 1902 page 2
List of Abertillery contributors to effects of Tredegar fire.
Michael Ash 10s 6d
Myer Davidson 10s 6d
J. Simons 10s 6d
9 October 1903 page 28
Ref to Rev R. Cohen, Abertillery
8 January 1904 page 30
Abertillery. The Jewish Ball was a great success largely due to Hard work of Mrs
J. Simons, wife of the President and Mrs D. Harris, wife of the Treasurer. MCs
were M. Hyams and G. J. Ballin. The Committee were the Misses Miriam Harris, G.
Simons, and D. Samuel. And Mr J. Falkman, Treasurer.
:Primo .Simons, KGH PPGT, was elected Deputy Pro. Grand Primo for the Pro. Grand
Lodge of Abertillery.
18 March 1904 page 29
Monthly meeting of the Tredegar and New Tredegar Zionist Society. Rev R. Cohen
of Abertillery gave lecture on ‘The Present Prospects of Zionism’.
20 January 1905 page 1
Bernard, eldest son of Mr and Mrs M. Ash, Abertillery, will read Portion of the
Law at Birmingham Synagogue on February 4.
17 February 1905 page 3
National Tribute for the Children of Dr. Herzl. 3rd List of Contributions.
Mrs M. Ash Abertillery 10s 6d
Ditto and Mrs L. l. Fine, Collections under 5s. £4.0.6
- Falkman Abertillery 5s 0
J. Wiselman Abertillery 5s 0
17 March 1905 page 19
Letter from G. J. Ballin, Hon Sec Abertillery Hebrew Congregation, address
Blaina, Mon. Protests at a contributor to the JC who said that Jews of South
Wales were intermarrying a great deal. But agrees with him about the need for
28 May 1905 page 29
At Abertillery schoolroom, Mr Hermann Harris of Newport, late of Blaina, was
presented with an illuminated address. Mr J. Simons, President, referred to his
excellent qualities and his generosity to the synagogue. Speeches also by D.
Harris, Treasurer, M. Samson, Blaina, and A. D. Roskin, Beaufort, and from
Abertillery, Rev S. Kahn, M. Davidson, and Falkman. The Illuminated Address
referred to the services he ad performed during the last 10 years, for 3 years
as President. He conducted services on Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur. And
the High Festivals. Also he has been a Trustee of the Montefiore Centenary
Synagogue at Tredegar, and also its President. Strong supporter of Zionism.
20 January 1905 page 36
Rev S. Kahn, late of Huddersfield has been elected Chazan, Shochet, and Teacher
of Abertillery congregation.
16 June 1905 page 28
Meeting of the Brynmawr and Abertillery Zionist Society at Brynmawr. Announced
that Mr Ash has resigned as Treasurer on his removal from Abertillery.
Unanimously agreed to send 10 guineas to the JNF to have his name entered in the
18 May 1906 page 39
Meting of local branch of ITO at Ebbw Vale. Elected G. Simons, Abertillery, as
31 August 190 page 30
A largely-attended meeting of the Brecon and Monmouthshire Branch of the Ahm
Israel Branch was held at the residence of Mrs Lyons of Ebbw Vale. Mr J. Simons,
5 October 1906 page 31
Holy day services at Dudley were held in the Public Hall and ’were again
conducted’ by Mr Harris of Abertillery and Rev W. Hirshowitz.
28 December 1906 page 15
The British ITO Federation will hold its first conference of delegates from
branches all over the UK. Rev S. Kahn of Abertillery has been elected to attend.
4 January 1907 page 22
Untimely death of Hon Sec of the Brynmawr and Abertillery Zionist Association,
N. Israel aged 18(sic).
[Death. Nathaniel Israel December 1906 aged 16(sic) Newport M. 11a 177]
27 September 1907 page 28
‘Master Lionel Falkman has won the junior violin solo prize at the National
Eisteddfod recently held at Swansea, in a contest in which 24 players competed
and also the first prize in the senior violin solo competition (his compeer in
this being also a promising Jewish player, Mr. Higham Freedman, of Pontycymmer,
Rhondda Valley). The adjudicator, Dr. Walford Davies, in referring to this
particular competition, made a flattering reference to the winners. Several of
the London and provincial papers contained special reference to and photographs
of this rising musician, and on his return home he was met by the Tillery
Colliery Band and a large crowd of people; a trap was in readiness and young
Falkman was put in it and driven through the strees, the band playing “See the
Conquering Hero Comes.” Falkman, who is not yet fifteen, is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Falkman, of Market Street, Abertillery, and a pupil of Mr. Arthur
Angle, of Cardiff.’
10 January 1908 page 18
At the Abertillery Centre Examination of the Associated Board of the Royal
Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, held Newport, Master Lionel
Falkman passed in the advanced grade for violin paying with honours, having
gaied 140 marks out of a possible 150. He is 14 years of age.
27 March 1908 page 30
At an inter-society debate between the Abertillery Literary and Debating Society
and the Tredegar Literary and Social Society at the Co-operative Hall,
Abertillery, a discussion took place: ’Should Alien Immigration be
Unrestricted?’ ‘The debate elicited sympathetic attitude in favour of the alien
immigrant as a valuable factor in the national life’.
[Unclear if these were Jewish or general societies.]
31 July 1908 page 24
At a meeting of the Abertillery Hebrew Congregation, Rev I.Domnitz was elected
teacher, Shochet, and Reader.
[See 15 December 1989 page 28]
3 September 1909 page 12
At a meeting of the Abertillery Hebrew Congregation Rev A. Sandow(sic) was
unanimously elected Teacher, Shochet, and Chazan.
21 January 1910 page 11
At a recent examination held in London by the Conjoint Board of the Royal
College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians, Mr S. Simons, son of Mr
and Mrs J. Simons, was successful in his first medical examination.
6 May 1910 page 2
Applications invited for the post of Chazan, Shochet, and Teacher to the
Abertillery Hebrew Congregation. ’No application will be considered unless the
applicant has been in England five years, and is able to teach according to the
Code issued by the Chief Rabbi’. 25s per week. Single man preferred.
Applications to the President, J. Simons, Esq., Bristol House, Abertillery.
27 May 1910 page 11
At a meeting held on Sunday Rev A. Snadow tendered his resignation. The best
wishes of the congregation were expressed on his departure for Newport, Mon.
27 May 1910 page 21
Memorial service for King Edward VII was conducted by Rev A. Snadow.
10 June 1910 page 14
Rev A. Snadow gave farewell party to members of the Abertillery Hebrew
Congregation on the occasion of his leaving for Newport, Mon. The President
presented him with a silver cigarette case, suitably inscribed. The President
referred to the services rendered by Rev Snadow and assured him that the good
wishes of every member would accompany him. Reference was made to the high
esteem they had for him.
At another meeting Rev D. Hornstein was unanimously elected Chazan, Shochet, and
Mr C. Stettauer was unanimously elected representative at the Board of Deputies.
29 July 1910 page12
Mr A. H. Jessel KC unanimously elected representative a Board of Deputies.
21 October 1910 page 17
Board of Deputies. Among notifications of elections was that of Mr A. H. Jessel
KC for Abertillery.
25 November 1910 page 16
Laying of foundation stone for new synagogue. The synagogue will provide
accommodation for about one hundred worshippers and the schoolroom has a like
holding capacity. The total cost is estimated at £600. The site was given by Mr
Joseph Simons, Chairman and Treasurer of the Building Fund and President of the
congregation. The foundation stone was laid by Mrs Isaac Samuel of Cardiff who
was presented with a handsome silver trowel by Mrs Simons and presented with a
bouquet by Miss Zelda Caplan, daughter of Rev D. Caplan of Blackpool, former
minister of Abertillery, and a granddaughter of Mr D. Harris, Treasurer of the
The Building Committee consists of Messrs J. Simons, Chairman, D. Harris, J.
Falkman, M. Davidson, J. Podgur, M. Solomon, H. Stone, and Harry Harris and
Harry L. Simons, Joint Secretaries.
8 September 1911 page 13
Letter from Hermann H. Roskin, Beaufort, Mon. [Re Tredegar Riots]
‘In Beaufort, Brynmawr and Abertillery it was the citizens themselves who
prevented the looters from doing any damage’,
Jewish Chronicle, 1 March 1912 page 34
At a meeting of the Jewish Literary and Social Society of Newbridge, Mon., Miss
Fanny Solomon (Abertillery) read a paper on ‘An Outline of the Theory of
Evolution as observed in Living Organisms’.
15 March 1912 page 43
Order Achei Brith meting held at the Vestry Room of the Abertillery Synagogue on
6th for the purpose of establishing a Lodge of the Order, in the district.
Elected pro tem: Messrs J. Simons (Abertillery), President; A. D. Roskin
(Beaufort) Vice-President; M. Samson (Blaina) Treasurer; A. Dagutski
21 June 1912 page 3
Abertillery. Wanted Shochet and Teacher. 25s per week and perquisites. Must be
under Beth Din authority. Single man preferred.
1 September 1912 New Year Greetings page xxxi
J. Simons and family, Bristol House, Abertillery.
4 October 1912 page 28
Chatan Torah I. S. Marks Chaan Bereshith H. Bloom
4 October 1912 page 30
Order Achei Brith. Installation of the Louis Samuel Lodge No. 49 took place at
Abertillery. Officers installed were J. Simons President, A. D. Roskin
Vice-President, Harry Harris Secretary, Nat Roskin Guardian, I. Best and
I.S.Marks Trustees, M. Barnett and A. Herman, Marshalls. And a Committee.
17 January 1913 page 25
4th annual Jewish Ball was held at the Drill Hall. 180 present including
visitors from other towns. Proceeds to the funds of the congregation, about ten
9 May 1913 page 2
Wanted Shochet, Chazan Teacher. 30s weekly and perquisites Single man preferred.
Apply President, J. Simons, Bristol House, Abertillery.
4 July 1913 page 3
As 4 May but includes: must be able to translate into English.
30 January 1914 page 2
Death on 20 January, Hermann Harris of Newport, Mon. Father of S. Louis Harris,
Tredegar, Lionel and Marcus Harris, Newport, Bernard Harris, Blaina, Asher
Harris, Abertillery, Mrs M. Ash, Mrs J. Pappe, Mrs S. A. Abrahams, Newport, Mon.
24 April 1914 page 1
Betrothal. Kate Lewis, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Lewis, 113 Somerset Street,
Abertillery, to Sam Kopkin of 35 Artillery Lane, Bishopsgate EC.
[Marriage. Samuel Kopkin December 1914 Mile End 1c 746/Kate Lewis]
15 May 1914 page 24
At recent examination of the Society of Apothecaries of London Miss Rae Harris,
daughter of Mr and Mrs D. Harris of 78 Oak Street, Abertillery, passed the
Assistants Exam ation.
28 August 1914 page 2
Death on 21 August. At 18 Market Street. Husband of Annie. Father of Lionel and
[Joseph Falkman September 1914 aged 45 Bedwelty 11a 74]
28 August 1914 page 2
Death on 21 August. At Church Street, husband of Ettie, nee Annenberg.
[Reuben Cohen September 1914 aged 25 Bedwelty 11a 75]
13 November 1914 page 27
Cardiff. Concert at the Jewish Institute. Among the performers was Dolly Simons,
4 December 1914 page 15
Meeting of the Jewish Refugee Committee held at Newport. Offer of a weekly
subscription from the Abertillery Hebrew Congregation was gratefully accepted.
15 October 1915 page 19
Mr Jack Lewis of Abertillery collected £7 for the Relief of Polish Jews fund.
22 October 1915 page 1
Death of Jane Goldberg, Port Talbot, mother, inter alia of Mrs Falkman of
26 November 1915 page 30
For Russian Fund. Collected at Pidyon-ha-ben and bris milah at Mr and Mrs
2 June 1916 page 3
‘Abertillery and Newbridge United Hebrew Congregation’
Wanted Shochet and competent Teacher to teach according to the Chief Rabbi’s
methods. £2.10 weekly with perquisites.
Apply, J. Simons, Bristol House, Abertillery.
[No other reference to this united congregation]
7 July 1916 page 10
Russian Fund. Abertillery congregation £1.17.6
13 July 1917 page 7
Abertillery has12 seat holders.
25 January 1918 page 2
Death on 15 January in Newport, Annie Falkman, widow of Joseph, mother of
Lionel, Caversham. And Leah Falkman, 18 Market Street, Abertillery.
[Death. Annie Falkman March 1918 aged 45 Newport M 11a 262]
3 May 1918 page1
Forthcoming Marriage. Florence Mathilda, elder daughter of Mrs and the late Mr
H. A. Barron, Dublin, and Dr S. Symons, late RAMC, of St Michaels, Abertillery.
18 Octobet 1918 page 19
Installation of Worshipful Bro J. Simons, PRGDC as Worshipful Master of Gwent
Lodge took place at the Masonic Hall, Abertillery. He is a Mason of 20 years
12 September 1919 page 4
Russian Fund. 1st monthly contribution from Abertllery £2.4.6
[and subsequent contributions]
22 September 1922 page 1
Engagement Edith, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs S. Joseph, 164 Richmond Road,
Abertillery. To Myer (Micky) third son of Mr and Mrs W. Rose of Cardiff.
[Marriage. Edith Joseph or Marl March 1923 London C 1c 65/Myer Rose]
[In 1901 Census Edith’s father is Marl; in 1911 Census he is Morell]
22 September 1922 New Year Greetings. J. Simons and family Abertillery.
26 September 1924 New Year Greetings. Dr and Mrs Simons, ‘Lynwood’, Abertillery.
8 May 1925 page 8
Engagement. Harry L. Simons, Bristol House, Abertillery, 2nd son of Mr and Mrs
J. Simons, ad Miss Sarah Janner, of 23 Richmond Road, Cardiff, 2nd daughter of
Mr and late Mrs J. Janner.
[Marriage did not take place. Instead Harry L. Simons married Janet Goldlove
December 1927 Leeds 9b 947. Sarah Janner married Isaac Goldman March 1929
Hampstead 1a 1237]
18 September 1925 New Year Greetings page xxix
Mr and Mrs Simons, Bristol House, Abertillery.
Dr and Mrs Simons, ‘Lynwood’, Alma Street, Abertillery.
29 October 1926 page 36
Dr S. Simons installed as Worshipful Master of the Gwent Lodge of Freemasons,
23 September 1927
New Year Greetings. Mr and Mrs J. Simons.
4 March 1927 page 12.
Contributions to Federation of Ukrainian Jews from ‘A few Jewish people of
Abertillery’: J. Simons, £2.5s; Dr S. Simons, 21s.; A. Harris, 10s 6d; A.
Isaacs, 10s 6d; H. L. Simons, 10s 6d; L. Joseph, 2s 6d.
18 May 1928 page 4 Young Israel
Connie Marks 22 Church Street, Abertillery.
4 January 1929 page11
Federation of Jewish Relief Organisations. From members of the Abertillery
Hebrew Congregation. J. Simons, £2.2.0; S. Simons, £11.11.6; H. L. Simons, 10s
6d; Ph. Godlove (Leeds), 10s 6d; M. Barnett, 10s 6d; A. Dayan, 10s 6d; A.
Harris, 5s 6d.
13 June 1930 p.36 Young Israel
25 July 1930 page 2
The tombstone in memory of the late Joseph Simons of Abertillery will be
consecrated at Newport Cemetery on July 27th.
26 December 1930 New Year Greetings page xx
Mrs Priscilla Simons and daughter, Bristol House, Abertillery.
8 May 1931 page 10
Engagement. Solomon (Solly) son of Mrs and the late Mr R. Rosenberg, Leeds, to
Esther Rose (Hetty), 2nd daughter of Mrs and the late Mr J. Simons, Bristol
[No marriage found but see entry for 27 September 1957 page 35]
22 November 1935 page 56
Young Israel. David Linekar, Abertillery.
14 January 1938 page 1
Engagement. Kate, youngest daughter of Mrs (Joseph) Marl of Cardiff and the late
Mr(Joseph) Marl of Abertillery, to David, son of Mr and the late Mrs Gould of
[Marriage. David I. Gould June 1938 Hackney 1b 1117/Katie Marl]
[See explanation of name, above, entry for 22 September 1922 page 1]
5 September 1941 page 3
Death of Priscilla, widow of the late Joseph Simons, on 1 September at Bristol
[Death. Priscilla Simons September 1941 aged 75 Bedwelty 11a 96]
16 January 1942 page 20
Young Israel. Peter Pinnick, Abertillery.
17 April 1942 page 13
40 Jewish evacuees in Abertillery. Half are sent to church or chapel. Efforts
are being made to provide a Jewish environment for them.
3 July 1942 page 11
Mr A. M. Pinnick has been conducting special services for evacuee children at
the home of Mrs Cohen, High Street, Abertillery. Classes are held on Sundays,
Tuesdays and Thursdays at Powell-Tillery Institute.
15 January 1943 page 9
Malcolm, only son of Mr and Mrs H. L.Simons of ‘Brynhilda’, Alma Street
Abertillery, will read Portion of the Law at Brynmawr Synagogue on 16 January.
There will be no festivities.
19 January 1945 page 11
Daughter born at Connaught Nursing Home, Cardiff, to Mary nee Hart, Salford,
wife of Dr B. Fishout, Bush Hotel, Abertillery.
[Birth. Valerie F. Fishout March 1945 Cardiff 11a 407 Mother Hart] [Married 1944
10 August 1945 page 2
Birth of son, Michael Samuel, on 24 July, at Nursing Home, Birmingham, to Mirrie
Marks of Abertillery, wife of Gerald Brown RAF, Birmingham.
[Birth. Michael S. Brown September 1945 Birmingham 6d 76. Mother Marks] [Married
2 May 1947 page 16 Young Israel
Helen Rubens, Abertillery.
9 June 1950 page 7
Engagement. Norman, youngest son of Mrs R. Joseph and the late Mr S. Joseph of
Cardiff, to Carole, only daughter of Mrs S. Marks of 8 Church Street,
[Marriage. Carole E. Marks September 1950 Newport M 8c 599/Norman Joseph]
14 March 1952 page 21
Abertillery congregation is defunct.
26 December 1952 page 7
Silver wedding of Mr and Mrs H. L. Simons (nee Janet Godlove) of ‘Brynhilda’,
Alma Street, Abertillery, held at the Belgrave Street Synagogue, Leeds, on 27
27 September 1957 page 35
Obituary of Hetty Talbot of Abertillery who died recently at a Newport Hospital.
Aged 63. Daughter of late Joseph Simons who gave Abertillery a public hall for
OAPs. She was the ’Fairy Godmother of Abertillery’, active in the Red Cross in
the Monmouthshire Valleys.
[Esther R. Talbot September 1957 aged 64 Newport 8c 177]
[This was Esther Rose Simons. Probably married Ber Teitelbaum in December
quarter 1932 Stepney 1c 543. Perhaps he changed name to Talbot]
4 January 1963 page 10
Bar mitzvah. Michael Alfred, only son of Mr and Mrs Ben Fishout of Norcroft,
Farm Road, Abertillery, will read Maftir etc at Newport Synagogue on 12 January.
25 April 1969 page 3
Death at Bournemouth of Henry Lewis Simons, late of Abertillery, husband of Jean
and father of Malcolm.
[Henry Lewis Simons June 1969 Bournemouth 6a 474. Born 7 April 1892.
25 April 1969 page 37
To mark the silver wedding of Dr and Mrs Ben Fishout, they came to Cardiff from
Abertillery to entertain the residents of the Jewish Home for the Aged.
18 November 1977 page 37
Wanted. Musical Menorah. ‘Norcroft’, Farm Road, Abertillery. [Fishout]
15 December 1989 page 28
Obituary of Myer Domnitz aged 80. Born Abertillery where his father was minister
for short period. For 30 years was secretary and education officer of he Board
1910 page 16
week, the foundation stone of the new synagogue was laid. The synagogue will
provide accommodation for about one hundred worshippers and the schoolroom has a
like holding capacity.
3 July 1917
Abertillery has 12 seatholders.
14 March 1952
among the defunct congregations..
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