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A card invitation/ticket to a fundraising event organised by Cardiff Ziona or Women's International Zionist Organisation (WIZO). On the back, handwritten, is the word 'paid' and 'LK' initials, referring to Laurence Kahn. The Sherman Hall refers to the Sherman Memorial Hall, which adjoined the Cardiff United Synagogue in Penylan.

The Cardiff United Synagogue was established in 1942 when the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation and the Cardiff New Hebrew Congregation were united into a single organisation. The early years of the Cardiff congregation remain shrouded in mystery, but it is known that a Jewish cemetery was founded in 1841 and a purpose-built synagogue was built for the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation in 1858 in East Terrace. As the congregation outgrew the premises, a new synagogue was opened on Cathedral Road in 1897. In 1889, a group of recent immigrants left the “Englisher shul” to form the “foreigners’ shul”, formally known as the Cardiff New Hebrew Congregation. Having initially worshipped at Edward Place and Clare Road, the New Congregation moved to purpose-built premises on Windsor Place in 1918. After the 1942 reunification, the Cardiff United Synagogue continued to use both the Windsor Place and the Cathedral Road synagogues until 1955 when the former was sold, and a new synagogue was built on Ty-Gwyn Road in Penylan. The Cathedral Road synagogue was eventually sold in 1988 and the Ty-Gwyn Road synagogue in 2003 with the congregation moving to its current premises in Cyncoed Gardens.

WIZO was founded in 1920 in direct response to the needs of women and children in Israel. Today, WIZO continues to identify the needs of Israeli society and creates solutions to meet them.

Sources:
- 'The History of the Jewish Diaspora in Wales' by Cai Parry-Jones (http://e.bangor.ac.uk/4987);
- JCR-UK/JewishGen (https://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/Community/card/index.htm);
- Jewish Chronicle 'Wales - Cardiff' (https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-jewish-chronicle/20130712/281852936166562);
- 'Glamorgan Records - Cardiff Jewish Community records and papers' (https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/download/GB%200214%20DJR);
- http://www.wizo.org.

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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