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The tenth issue of CeNeS: The Magazine of Cardiff New (later Reform) Synagogue that came out in April 1997. This issue was released around the time when Pesach (Passover) took place.

Noteworthy features:

1) One piece raises the question of how to celebrate Jewish festivals as a Reform Jew when you live far away from any Reform Synagogues.
This article recounts how Mark Michaels - a Jewish man living in Powys, Wales - and his family became members of Birmingham Liberal Congregation. This was the closest synagogue to where the family lived and it was 100 miles away! When Hanukkah came around instead of making the long journey they gathered similar minded Jewish families from the surrounding areas and ended up holding the service in a seventeenth century coaching inn.

2) Another piece mentions an attempt to secure a National Lottery fund - the proceeds of which would go towards the installation of a lift and the addition of a Tree of Life to the synagogue.

3) The article ‘Judaism and the Afterlife’ by Alfred Moritz who describes that in Judaism there are far more teachings about this life than what comes after.

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 services were initially held in the Temple of Peace. The congregation now worships in a converted Methodist Chapel on Moira Terrace they acquired in 1952.

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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