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Reports relating to the Aberdare Jewish Congregation, Wales
1920 to 1968
Compiled by Harold Pollins
(Link to Years
1865 to 1919)
Jewish Chronicle, 23 January 1920, pages 35-6
A symposium was held at the Synagogue Chambers
under the auspices of the Jewish Literary and Social Society. The symposium
consisted of reminiscences of ex-service members of the Society. The speakers
were ex-Private Isaac Andrews (Military Medallist), ex-Private Eli Bloch, Jack
Abrahams, Sol. Silverman, I. Andrews, M.H. Andrews, and ex-Sergaent Moss
Goldsone. Two other impromptu subjects were discussed, viz., “Will War End War
?” and “Will Zionism Emancipate Jewry?” Mr R. Silverman presided.
Jewish Chronicle, 30 January 1920, page 31
The annual ball under auspices of the Aberdare
and District Literary and Social Society was held at the Memorial Hall. There
was a large gathering from all parts of South Wales and Monmouthshire. The
proceeds were to go to the funds of the synagogue.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 October 1920, page 34
Miss Sophia Cohen, daughter of Mr & Mrs Henry Cohen, President of the Congregation, presented a cloth for the Reading Desk.
Jewish Chronicle, 19 November 1920, page 2
Jacob Fine died on 6 November at 18B Whitcombe St.
Jewish Chronicle, 26 November 1920, page 11
Meeting of Board of Deputies. B.E. Hann for Aberdare
Jewish Chronicle, 8 July 1921, page 4
Fund for 'Federation of Ukrainian Jews in aid of the Pogrom Violations in the Ukraine'
From the Aberdare Hebrew Congregation per L. Bloch and M. Levitt
Donations under £1 from M. Levitt, L. Bloch, H.
Cohen, L. Goldsmid, M. Silverman, L. Levine, R. Silverman, E. Robins, E. Bloch,
S. SIlverman, D. Fine, H. Shimlove, Abrahams. £4.10.6
Jewish Chronicle, 30 September 1921, page XVI New Year Greetings
Mr & Mrs L. Curitz, Maesydre Villa, Aberdare Rd, Mountain Ash.
Jewish Chronicle, 4 November 1921, page 31
Family of late Mr & Mrs B. Hann of London have presented a Shofar to the congregation.
Jewish Chronicle, 23 December 1921, p. 4
Fund for 'Federation of Ukrainian Jews in aid of the Pogrom Violations in the Ukraine'
Aberdare Hebrew Congregation per H. Cohen, L. Bloch, and M. Levitt
H. Cohen £1.13s.6, M. Levitt £1 4s, I. Goldsmith
15s 6d, L. Bloch 14s 6d, M. Silverman 13s 6d.
10s 6d each from R & S Silverman, E. Corb, E.
Andrews, S.L. Goldstone, C. Britz, J. Abrahams, - Simmons (Pontygwaith), L.
Mr Simmons (Mardy) 7s 6d, D. Fine 6s,
5s each from E. Bloch, L. Corb, - Samuels.
H. Shimlove 4s 6d, Mr Phillips 2s 6d.
Jewish Chronicle, 19 May 1922, page 33
Mark Angel of London elected by Aberdare Hebrew
Congregation to be their representative at Board of Deputies.
Jewish Chronicle, 22 December 1922, page 34
Services and celebrations of Chanucah. In list
of places is Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 12 January 1923, page 1
Engagement on 25 December of Leah only daughter
of Mrs and late Mr Andrews, 73 Jubilee, Road, Aberaman, Aberdare, to Barney, 3rd
son of Mr & Mrs I. Marcus, Bristol.
[Marriage: Leah Andrews March 1924 Cardiff 11a
647; Barnett Marcus]
Jewish Chronicle, 16 February 1923, page 33
The proceeds of the annual ball held in
connection with the Aberdare Hebrew Congregation will be devoted to local
Jewish Chronicle, 28 June 1923, page 33
Meting of the Congregation. Councillor Henry
Cohen and Mr D. Fine elected President and Treasurer respectively.
The families of the late Jacob Fine and B. Hunn
(sic) have presented the synagogue with electric standards in memory of their
parents who were founders of the present synagogue building.
Jewish Chronicle, 2 November 1923, page 15
Annual meeting of the Aberdare and Aberaman
Congregations (sic). Elected: President Lewis Bloch, Treasurer H. Shimilove.
Jewish Chronicle, 9 May 1924, page 24
Councillor Henry Cohen elected Vice-chairman of
the Health Committee of the Aberdare Urban District Council. He is the first Jew
in South Wales to hold the position.
Jewish Chronicle, 2 January 1925, page 11
Obituary of Max Silverman aged 65. A native of
Skood, Courland, Lithuania (sic) but spent most of life in Aberdare. For many
years was Warden of the synagogue of which he was one of the pioneers.
Jewish Chronicle, 8 May 1925, page 33
Mr Henry Cohen elected chairman of the Health
and Children's Welfare Committee of the Aberdare UDC.
Jewish Chronicle, 31 July 1925, page 27
Mark Angel re-elected Aberdare's representative
at Board of Deputies.
Jewish Chronicle, 16 April 1926, page 27
Councillor Henry Cohen again returned at the top
of the poll for Aberaman Ward of Aberdare UDC.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 September 1926, page 21
Aberdare: In the course of a sermon on Kol
Nidrei, Rev B.M. Strasunski, the newly-appointed Minister, appealed for support
for the Ukrainian Relief Fund. The Hebrew classes, under his direction, are
Jewish Chronicle, 19 November 1926, page 2
Death of Aaron Harrisberg of Bristol. One of his
daughters is Mrs R. Silverman of Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 3 December 1926, page 34
Annual general meeting. Elected Lewis Bloch,
President; S. Bluestein, Treasurer and Secretary, 35 Seymour Street.
Jewish Chronicle, 18 February 1927, page 2
Death on 9 February of Sidney Shepherd, 33a
Canon St, Aberdare, aged 32, youngest son of the late Mr & Mrs A. Shepherd,
[March 1927 aged 32 Merthyr T. 11a 1082]
Jewish Chronicle, 1 April 1927, page 45
At a public meeting at the synagogue an address
was given by Maurice Rosette of the English Zionist Federation. Resolved to form
a local Zionist society with an inclusive subscription to Keren Hayesod.
Jewish Chronicle, 9 December 1927, page 36
Annual meeting of the congregation. Elected, L.
Bloch, President, Treasurer and Secretary, M. Harris. And a committee.
Jewish Chronicle, 14 February 1929 page 6
Death on 7 February at Liverpool House, Aberaman
, Aberdare, Bertha, relict of late Solomon (Sol) Goldstone.
[Bertha Goldstone March 1929 aged 64 Merthyr T.
Jewish Chronicle, 5 April 1929, page 19
At the recent District Council elections
Councillor Henry Cohen again returned by a large majority.
Jewish Chronicle, 21 June 1929, page 17
Representative for Aberdare at Board of
Deputies, still Mark Angel.
Jewish Chronicle, 25 Ocober 1929, page 15
Chatan Torah V. Freed. Chatan Bereshit Mr Harris
Jewish Chronicle, 10 January 1930, page 36
'Aberaman and Aberdare'. General meeting of
congregation at Synagogue Chambers. Elected: Mr Harris, President and Treasurer;
Hon Secretary; Councillor H. Cohen, Messrs M.
Goldstone and L. Bloch, Trustees; Auditors were re-elected - M. Fine and M.
Jewish Chronicle, 30 May 1930, page vii Supplement
Estimated population of Aberdare 90
Jewish Chronicle, 4 December 1931, page 3
WANTED, Shochet and Teacher; state salary;
single man preferred. Apply, Secretary, R. Abrahams, 31 Seymour-street,
Jewish Chronicle, 18 March 1932, page 2
Death on 15 March of Milly Mendoza, nee
Schaverien, sister of Councillor Henry Cohen of Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 23 September 1932, page 2
'ABERDARE AND ABERAMAN CONGREGATION HEBREW
WANTED. Shochet, Teacher and Reader. - Apply,
Treasurer, R. Abrahams, 31 Seymour-street, Aberdare'.
Jewish Chronicle, 16 June 1933, page 9
Engagement. Jacob Woolf Harris MPS, younger son
of Mr & Mrs M. Harris, 3 Graig Street, Aberdare to Evelyn Sumray, LRAM, daughter
of Mr & Mrs D. Sumray, 87 Wentworth Street, London.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 October 1933, page 2
Death in Manchester of Morris Joel Asher father
of inter alia Olga Freed of Aberdare. [Wife of Victor Freed]
Jewish Chronicle, 12 January 1934, page 34
Rev H. Jerevitch (Cardiff) occupied the pulpit
of the Aberdare Unitarian Church on Sunday. This was first time a Jewish
minister in South Wales has preached in a church. Subject: 'Civilisation as
preached by the Prophets'.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 July 1934, page 9
Hyman Isaac Harris FSMC FBOA of Wembley elder
son of Mr & Mrs M. Harris, 3 Graig Street, Aberdare, to Shoshana (Rose), eldest
daughter of Mr & Mrs S.L. Lipschitz, London N16.
Jewish Chronicle, 28 September 1934, page 32
Mr Bernard Marcus of Aberdare has been given
permission to promote the next Welsh lightweight boxing championship.
Jewish Chronicle, 19 October 1934, page 2
In Memory of Gertrude Rostursky who died 4
October 1918 mourned by her children Nathan, Victor, and Jenny, Fremont,
[Died in Sunderland]
[30 October 1936 page 2. In memory of Gitta
Miriam Freed died 2 Marcheshvan 1918, mourned by children Nathan, Victor and
Jewish Chronicle, 14 December 1934, page 34
At the distribution of prizes to pupils of the
Swansea Hebrew classes the function was attended by pupils of the Aberdare
Jewish Chronicle, 13 December 1935, page 20
United Appeal for Polish Jews
Aberdare contributions from Victor Freed, H.
Cohen, Corb Brothers, I. Goldsmith, B. Schwartz (plus anonymous contributions of
under £13 each.)
Jewish Chronicle, 25 January 1936, page 34
Bernard Marcus of Aberdare has secured the
promotion of the cruiserweight championship between Eddie Phillips of Bow and
Tommy Farr of Wales.
Jewish Chronicle, 17 January 1936, page 40
At the table tennis contest between England and
Wales the Welsh team included L. Samuel (Aberdare).
Jewish Chronicle, 4 February 1938, page 9
Engagement between Dr Benjamin Joseph MB ChB of
Glasgow to Edna, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Victor Freed, Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 18 March 1938, page 11
Aubrey Freed, second son of Mr & Mrs Victor
Freed, Aberdare to Dolly Hill of Glasgow.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 June 1938, page 58
Daniel Fine, uncle, who was last heard of from
Cardiff or Aberdare. is sought by Miss Metzger, of Dublin'.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 December 1939, page 7
Chanucah Celebrations in various listed places,
including Aberaman and Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 December 1939, page 7
Annual meeting of the Hebrew congregation.
Victor Freed in the chair. Mr S. Bluestein, Treasurer, presented the
balance-sheet and was thanked for past services. Elected: President, Henry
Cohen; Treasurer, Bernard Schwartz; Hon Sec, Sidney Shimolove(sic); Victor Freed
re-elected representative at Board of Deputies.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 January 1941, page 3
Birth on 8 January in Cardiff, a daughter to Mr
& Mrs B. Schwartz of Tyclyd, Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 16 May 1941, page 16
A Zionist Society was formed last Sunday after
special meeting in the synagogue. Mr. Z, Badash of Swansea gave an address.
Elected: President Victor Freed, Treasurer B. Schwartz, Secretary Miss S.
Bluestein and a committee of six.
Jewish Chronicle, 6 June 1941, page 15
Meeting in Cardiff for purpose of considering
plans for evacuating Jewish children from Cardiff. Dr J. M. Yoffey and Mr Silver
had toured the hills and valleys on the outskirts of South Wales in search of
suitable accommodation for Jewish children; assisted by Victor Freed of
Aberdare. 'It was intended if possible to organise the scheme on Habonim lines'.
Jewish Chronicle, 6 June 1941 page 16
The first bar mitzvah in Aberdare for two years
was of Gerald Black of Ilford.
Jewish Chronicle, 27 June 1941, page 18
For the first time in 21 years a conference was
held of all Jewish clergy in South Wales, in Cardiff. Including a representative
Jewish Chronicle, 8 August 1941, page 12
Victor Freed elected President of the Aberdare
Rotarian Club. Has been a member for 8 years. He is identified with many public
services in the valley. He was President of the Hebrew congregation for many
years and represents them on the Board of Deputies. He is chairman of the
Aberdare Zionist Society and is prominently associated with the Carmel Lodge of
Jewish Chronicle, 7 November 1941, page 15
'Aberdare and Aberaman'
Harris Schwartz, Merthyr, has presented the
synagogue with a clock. Mr & Mrs H. Cohen, Aberaman, have given a curtain for
the Ark, and Mr & Mrs Benjamin Schwartz have supplied fittings for the curtain.
Jewish Chronicle, 3 July 1942, page 11
'Rally of South Wales Youth'
Rally organised by Cardiff Association of Jewish
Youth, included those from Brynmawr, Aberdare, Merthyr, and Cefn Coed.
Jewish Chronicle, 5 March 1943, page 3
Birth of 22 February at Cardiff to Leona, wife
of B. Schwartz of Tyclyd, Aberdare, a son
[Saul Schwartz March 1943 Cardiff 11a 454.
Jewish Chronicle, 19 November 1943, page 9
Son, Jeffrey Lewis, born in Glasgow to Mr & Mrs
Aubrey Freed (nee Hill) formerly of 'Bute Villa' Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 December 1942, page 12
'The Committee of the Mifal Lemaan Yalde Yisroel
"Yalde Yisroel Fund" ' thanks Rabbis and Hon Officers of the following
congregations - includes Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 21 January 1944, page 12
Rabbi Dayan I. Abramsky and Rabbi Dr Munk
addressed a meeting in Cardiff on behalf of the Mifal Lemaan Yalde Yisroel
(Palestine Jewish Children's Fund). The committee formed included
representatives from Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 25 February 1944, page 13
The congregation recently presented Mr Sydney
Shimilove with a pair of silver candlesticks in appreciation of his services as
Hon Secretary for 15 years.
Jewish Chronicle, 7 July 1944, page 10
Aberdare. At a farewell meeting held by the
South Wales branch of the Ezra-Noar Agudati for the Madrich Chaver Dov Kahn and
for Chaverah Shaina Cohen and Chaver Stern, Chaverah Cohen spoke on 'The Duty of
Jewish Youth' and the Madrich on 'Chalutziut'. Chaver Kahn and Chaver Stern are
leaving for the kibbutz.
Jewish Chronicle, 6 October 1944, page 3
Death on his 82nd birthday of David Ginsberger
mourned by wife, daughters, sons-in-law , &c. 14 Clifton Street, Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 October 1944, page 13
Obituary of David Ginsberger, Aberdare. A
greatly respected member of the Aberdare congregation and before 1939 an
official for 0ver 40 years of the Adath Yeshurun Congregation in
Jewish Chronicle, 23 March 1945, page 11
Engagement. Harry Isaacs MPS, youngest son of Mr
E. Isaacs and late Mrs Isaacs of Merthyr Tydfil to Edna, elder daughter of Mr &
Mrs Victor Freed, 'Fremont', Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 14 September 1945, page 4
Suddenly, at Aberdare, death of Sophia Harris,
aged 74, wife of Mark, mother of Henry, Anne, Ray, Rose and Jack. Funeral at
[Sophia Harris September 1945 aged 74 Pontypridd
Jewish Chronicle, 2 December 1945, page 11
Marriage to be solemnised on 18 October 1945 in
London of Bernard, younger son of Mr Sam. Kahn and Mrs Kahn (nee Ginsberger) of
14 Clifton Street, Aberdare to Cynthia, daughter of Mr & Mrs H. Goldberg of 11
Cardiff Street, Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 25 January 1946, page 3
On 21 January 1946 in Hove, Mark Harris aged 75
late of Aberdare (survived wife by 4 1/2 months). Beloved father of inter alia
Ray Shumanski of Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 3 May 1946, page 4
Death on 22 April 1946 at New End Hospital,
Sidney, son of the late Maurice and Lena Silverman of Aberdare.
[Sidney Silverman June 1946 aged 49 Hampstead 1a
Jewish Chronicle, 31 May 1946, page 13
Marriage to be solemnised on 2 June 1946 in
London of Henry I. Harris FSMC FBOA, of Wembley, eldest son of the late Mark and
Sophia Harris of Aberdare, and Suzanne Bokor of London, daughter of the late
Professor Dr Armin Bokor and Mari Zebla Gross of Budapest and Tokay.
[Susanne Bokor June 1946 Marylebone 1a 1494 and
Henry I Harris]
Jewish Chronicle, 6 December 1946, page 7
A daughter, Linda Estelle, born 26 November at
Aberdare Hospital to Edna nee Freed wife of Harry Isaacs MPS of Merthyr Tydfil.
[Linda E. Isaacs December 1946 Pontypridd 8b
848. Mother Freed]
Jewish Chronicle, 24 January 1947, page 18
Obituary of Lewis Bloch who acted for 40 years
as honorary Baal Tefila for the congregation. Actively supported a number of
Zionist and other causes and in recognition of his work his name was inserted in
the Golden Book of the JNF. For his services to the congregation the members
presented him in 1938 with a gold kiddush cup.
[Death. Lewis Bloch March 1947 aged 97
Pontypridd 8b 651]
Jewish Chronicle, 6 June 1947, page 2
Death on 25 May at 5 Tanybryn Street, Aberdare,
Fanny Bloch aged 86, widow of Lewis Bloch, mother of Etty (Aberdare), Jenny Lyne
(Manchester), Ray Marsh (Cardiff), and Eli Bloch (Sheffield).
[Death. Fanny Bloch June 1947 aged 86 Pontyprid
Jewish Chronicle, 13 May 1949, page 2
Bar mitzvah of Samuel, elder son of Mr & Mrs
Charles Britz, 3 Belmont Terrace, Aberdare. At Aberdare Synagogue on 14 May.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 July 1949, page 12
'SMALLEST J.P.A. GROUP
Britain's smallest JPA Group was formed last
week at Aberdare which numbers no more than twelve families. Elected: Chairman
Victor Freed; Treasurer - Goldberg; Hon Sec E. Freed. 'Mr. Freed said that
Aberdare, though a tiny community whose members were not wealthy, would strive
to reach a target of £500'.
Jewish Chronicle, 29 July 1949, page 12
Meeting of representatives of small South Wales
communities. Rev A. Waxman, minister of Merthyr Tydfil, complained that most are
only interested in kosher food. Education is neglected and there were many
children in the Rhondda Valley 'who had not yet opened a Hebrew Primer'. When
selecting minister members only wanted a shochet and it did not matter whether
he was a first-class teacher, preacher or chazan.
Meeting attended by representatives from
Aberdare, Brynmawr, Merthyr, Newport, Pontypridd, Port Talbot, Swansea and New
To form a Representative Council of South Wales
and Monmouthshire congregations with the object of coordinating the
congregations in all communal matters especially Hebrew education and shechitah.
Rev A. Schlachter of Aberdare spoke of numbers
of children who were not receiving adequate Hebrew education because of the lack
of teachers in the Rhondda and Monmouthshire Valleys.
Jewish Chronicle, 30 December 1949, page 23
Following a conference on clothing for Israel
convened by the Federation of Jewish Relief Organisations Abroad, various
consignments of clothing, cod liver oil, boots and shoes were sent. Among the
various ladies' guilds contributing was Aberdare's.
Jewish Chronicle, 7 April 1950, page 15
A Shechita Board for the Rhondda Valley formed
by the Merthyr, Pontypridd, Aberdare, Tredegar and Brynmawr congregations.
Jewish Chronicle, 16 June 1950, page 22
'BUSINESS couple require housekeeper: one girl
aged 8 years; good house; good wages. - Goldberg, 11, Cardiff St., Aberdare, S.
Jewish Chronicle, 11 May 1951, page 2
Death on 29 April of Esther, widow of late
Todras Andrews, mother of Morris, Leah (Marcus), Isaac and Chaim.
[Death. Esther Andrews June 1951aged 81 E.
Glamorgan 8b 295]
Jewish Chronicle, 23 May 1952, page 2
Death on 5 May of Bessie wife of the late Harry
Shimilove, 12 Clifton St, Aberdare. Mourned by sons Sidney, David, Reuben,
daughters Nan, Flossie, Sophie, Freda.
[Death. Bessie Shimilove June 1952 aged 76
Pontypridd 8b 418]
Jewish Chronicle, 17 April 1953, page 16
A South Wales Regional Conference met at
Cardiff, attended by teachers and ministers from Cardiff, Llanelli, Merthyr,
Newport, Aberdare and Newport. To discuss education matters.
Jewish Chronicle, 20 January 1956, page 3
In memory of Mark Harris who died 21 January
1946 and Sophie Harris who died 8 September 1945. Mourned by children, Harry,
Anne Abrahams (N.16), Ray Shumanski (Aberdare), Eva Bloom (Salford), Jack (NSW),
Jewish Chronicle, 20 July 1956, page 7
Engagement of Sam (Sholom), younger son of Mr &
Mrs M.Leidner of New Jersey, USA, to Joyce (Yetta) Cohen of NW11, step-daughter
and daughter of Mr & Mrs H. Goldberg of Aberdare. [But see infra, 10 May 1957
page 2. Marriage to Hermann Rosemann]
Jewish Chronicle, 27 July 1956, page 7
Engagement. David, son of late Mr & Mrs
Shimilove of Clifton St, Aberdare, to Beatrice, younger daughter of Mr Victor
and late Olga Freed of Cardiff.
[Marriage. David Shimilove December 1956 Cardiff
8b 375/ Beatrice Freed
Jewish Chronicle, 4 January 1957, page 2
Death on 14 December 1956 of Louis Curitz. Wife
Rachel, Son Max, daughters Cissie (Mass.), Ella (Freeman), Zelda (Speed), Esther
Golding (Dublin), 1 Tanybryn St, Aberdare.
[Death Louis Curitz December 1956 aged 85
Merthyr Tydfil 8b 362]
Jewish Chronicle, 10 May 1957, page 2
Marriage on 1 May at the Brent Bridge Hotel,
NW4, of Herman (sic) Roseman (sic) of NW 11, to Joyce Cohen, daughter of Mrs H.
Goldberg and step-daughter of Mr H. Goldberg of Aberdare.
[Marriage. Yetta J. Cohen June 1957 Hendon 5e
982/ Hermann Rosemann]
Jewish Chronicle, 29 November 1957 page 2
Golden wedding. Marriage on 4 December 12957 at
Aberdare of Mr & Mrs Mordecai Fine (Sarah Fine) of Liverpool. Formerly 1 Church
Street, Ystrad Mynach
Jewish Chronicle, 7 August 1959, page 15
‘Profile of a Community. ABERDARE: A Dwindling
The Aberdare Jewish community existed over a
century ago, but its peak period was, perhaps, 60 years ago, when there were
something like fifty Jewish families living in the Vale of Glamorgan - which
covers Aberdare, Aberaman, Godreaman, Mountain Ashh and Perrhiwceiber - and they
were, indeed, a flourishing community. Now - they are less than a minyan.
With the advent of the two World
Wars, and then nationalisation of the coal industry, many members of the
community drifted to Cardiff and other large centres.
The house at 19a Seymour Street
which was bought for a synagogue 60 years ago still stands. But its last
Holy-day service was held there in 1957, conducted by the Rev. S. Schlachter,
who is now retired, but still lives in the district. Mr. Schlacter has been
responsible for the synagogue for the past 20 years.
The Scrolls of the Law are
still housed in the synagogue, and a decision is to be reached about their final
destination, which will probably be Israel or the Cardiff Home for Aged Jews.
For a time this compact
little community was led by a number of very Orthodox and learned men, a few
stalwarts of traditional Judaism, who held the kehilla together. They had
arrangements for burial with their close friends and neighbours of the Merthyr
Hebrew Congregation, and these arrangements still exist. During the last war a
large number of Jewish refugees and their families came to the locality and
became staunch and loyal members. Their support made it possible to maintain a
chazan-shochet-teacher, who conducted regular Shabbat and Festival services.
Most of those newcomers have now left for Cardiff.
Some 15 years ago Mr.
Victor Freed, who had always lived in Aberdare and was Chairman of the Aberdare
Rotary Club, took charge of the synagogue’s affairs. His son, Aubrey Freed,
became its last Hon. Secretary, while another son, Reginald Freed, was the last
Aberdare representative at the Board of Deputies.
But the history of this
little community, which has survived 100 years, is now drawing to a quiet and
reverent close, as there are now but a handful of Jewish people left in the
[Based on article by H.E. Samuel, 'A Short
History of the Aberdare Jewish Community', CAJEX, vol 9. no 2, June 1959, pp.
Jewish Chronicle, 5 January 1962, page 7
Engagement. Philip Rothman BA, only child of Mr
& Mrs A. Rothman of Clapton, to Doreen, eldest daughter of Mrs Ella Chivers of 7
Graig Isaf, Aberdare.
[Marriage. Philip Rothman September 1962 Hackey
5c1656/ Doreen E. Chivers]
Jewish Chronicle, 24 August 1962, page 11
Article 'Fewer Jews in Wales'.
'...there are still in each of the ghost
communities such as Bridgend, Brynmawr, Aberdare, Port Talbot, Pontypridd and
Porthcawl, small groups who are trying to keep alive traditional Judaism'.
Jewish Chronicle, 15 February 1963, page 3
Death on 6 February of Sally Schlachter formerly
of Stavenhagen, Mecklenburg, husband of Alma (nee Salomon) aged 84, 5 Clifton
St, Aberdare. Mourned also by sisters Ada Britz (Aberdare), Rachel Britz
(Swansea), Fanny Rosin (Cardiff), Mary Wyman (Swansea).
[Death. Sally Schlachter March 1963 aged 84
Pontypridd 8b 663] [Former minister of Aberdare]
Jewish Chronicle, 19 November 1965, page 2
Death on 15 November of
Betty Cohen. Husband Henry Schaverien-Cohen, 17 Lewis St, Aberaman, Aberdare.
[Death. Betty Cohen December 1965 aged 63
Cardiff 8b 213]
Jewish Chronicle, 26 August 1966, page 3
The stone for the late Ada Britz of Aberdare was
consecrated at Cardiff.
[Death. Ida (sic) Britz June 1965 aged 89
Pontypridd 8b 476]
Jewish Chronicle, 26 August 1966, page 14
Services are no longer held at Abedare
Jewish Chronicle, 23 September 1966, page 14
A plaque was dedicated at Penylan Hone for Aged Jews,
Cardiff, in memory of Samuel Britz and his wife Ada and their son S.H. Britz of
Jewish Chronicle, 21 October 1966, page 19
Death on 16 October of Victor Freed. Former
president of Aberdare community and which he represented at the Board of
Deputies. Former president of Aberdare Rotary Club. Moved to Cardiff 30years
[Death. Victor Freed December 1966 aged 83
Cardiff 8b 233]
Jewish Chronicle, 10 February 1967, page 2
Died on 7 February Henry Cohen (Schaverien) of
17 Lewis St, Aberaman, Aberdare.
Jewish Chronicle, 24 February 1967, page 18
Reference to the death of Henry Cohen in Cardiff
in his 85th year. He was from Aberdare where he was president, trustee and
registrar (sic) for marriages. A member of Aberdare UDC for 9 years and a Fellow
of the Auctioneers' Institute.
[Death. Henry Cohen March 1967 aged 85 Cardiff
Jewish Chronicle, 26 May 1967, page 2
Death on 18 May of Rose Harris. [See 26 April
Jewish Chronicle, 5 January 1968, page 2
Death on 22 December 1967 of Alec Goldsmith.
Brother Israel, sisters, Rosie, Annie, Mary. 42 New St, Aberaman, Aberdare.
[Death. Alexander Goldsmith December 1967 aged68
Merthyr Tydfil. 8b 451]
Jewish Chronicle, 9 February 1968, page 2
Will of Victor Freed of Cardiff formerly
President of Aberdare Jewish community. Left £142,039
Jewish Chronicle, 26 April 1968, page 4
Consecration at Willesden of stone of Rose
Harris, youngest daughter of the late Mark and Sophie Harris of Aberdare.
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