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The image is a colour print of four people standing in front of the Moira Terrace Cardiff Reform Synagogue. The persons in the image (left to right) are Eddie Cawston, the then Chairman of the Cardiff Reform Synagogue, Rabbi Anthony Michael ('Tony') Bayfield, President of the Movement for Reform Judaism at that time, Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh and Rabbi Elaina Rothman, Rabbi Middleburg's predecessor. All but Eddie Cawston are wearing tallits, which are Jewish Prayer shawls. The photo was taken on the day of Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh's induction at Cardiff Reform Synagogue on 19 June 2005; Middleburgh served the Cardiff Reform community on a part-time basis for the next nine-ten years.

The Cardiff Reform Synagogue was founded in 1948 as the Cardiff New Synagogue. The following year, it became a constituent member of the Movement for Reform Judaism. Born in reaction against the more restrictive traditions of the Orthodox Judaism of Cardiff Hebrew Congregation, such as the prohibition of driving on the Sabbath and the ban on interfaith marriages, the new Synagogue appealed to the immigrants who had fled the war-torn Europe, where the Reform movement was already well-established. The congregation worships in a converted Methodist Chapel on Moira Terrace they acquired in 1952.

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/card1/index.htm);
"Hebrew Garments and the Restoration of Biblical Blue Hebrew Garments and the Restoration of Biblical Blue" by Ezra HaLevi (www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/125705).

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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