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Disgrifiad

A newsletter for the congregation of Cardiff New Synagogue (later Cardiff Reform Synagogue), dated March 1993. The newsletter contains obituaries, opinion pieces, details of future synagogue-led events, open letters and Sabbath Readings for upcoming services.

Included is an obituary for Professor William W. Mushin who died on 22 January 1993. Mushin was one of the founding members of Cardiff New Synagogue. He was also an important figure in the Royal College of Anaesthetics - he served as Dean from 1961 to 1964 and was awarded a CBE in 1971 for his important contributions to the field.

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).

The depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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