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This article reports on the "belated" bar mitzvah of 57 year old Michael Dando at Newport's Risca Road Synagogue on 11 January 2002. The article refers to the bar mitzvah taking place in "one of the smallest shuls in the world", before a congregation of 20 people and conducted by the Newport congregation's president, Dr Israel Rocker. The article also refers to Mr Dando's research into his Jewish heritage, with the support of the Beth Din registrar.

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 the 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 the 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.

Depository: Gwent Archives.

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