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Disgrifiad

An excerpt from the Newsletter for the congregation of Cardiff New Synagogue (later Cardiff Reform Synagogue) dated 1972.

The excerpt includes:

Extract from the South Wales Echo about Mr Leslie Corne - the son of one of the founding members of the synagogue and at one time secretary of the Cardiff New Synagogue - describing his life in Australia as the owner of motels.

Address by Rabbi Graf dated 28 January 1972.
The rabbi expresses the need for further progress to be made regarding the equality of the sexes. While he acknowledges the steps that have already been taken in the synagogue: men and women are no longer separated during services and Bat Mitzvahs have been introduced, he emphasises how women should continue to take an active role in worship following their Bat Mitzvahs instead of reciting from the Torah during the ceremony at age thirteen and then never reading from it again.

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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