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This certificate from the Jewish National Fund certifies that a garden of 100 trees were planted in tribute to Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark their silver wedding anniversary in the name of the Newport (Mon) Women's International Zionist Organisation (W.I.Z.O.).

The Jewish National Fund was established in 1901 with the purpose to buy and develop land in Ottoman Palestine for Jewish settlement. Their work includes planting trees, developing green spaces and water conservation in Israel.

The Women's International Zionist Organisation (W.I.Z.O.) was founded in 1918 and is the largest social welfare organisation in Israel. The Newport Mon W.I.Z.O. was part of the Newport Mon Hebrew Congregation.

Newport Monmouthshire Hebrew Congregation was founded in 1859 by orthodox Jews meeting at a temporary synagogue in Llanarth Street. A synagogue at Francis Street was opened in 1869 and consecrated by the Chief Rabbi Dr Herman Adler in 1871. In 1934 the congregation moved to their Nathan Harris Memorial Hall in Queen’s Hill which was converted to a synagogue. In 1997 this synagogue was closed, and the congregation moved to their Prayer House by the Jewish Burial Ground on Risca Road. Within 20 years the congregation had dwindled to a few members able to attend and this too had ceased to hold services.

Sources:
“History of our Shul. The First Hundred Years", published by Newport Congregation in 1959;
Oral history interviews with members of the Newport Mon Hebrew Congregation, recorded in 2018 by JHASW;
The Jewish National Fund website https://www.jnf.co.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhaSS25Hy3gIVy5ztCh18FwavEAAYASAAEgLX3_D_BwE
WIZO's History http://www.wizo.org/who-we-are/our-history.html.

Depository: Gwent Archives.

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