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Invitation to members of the Newport (MON) Hebrew Congregation to attend a Purim buffet. The invitation was from Rabbi and Mrs Ives (from Cardiff United Synagogue) and the party was a chance for the congregation to meet their new baby. The invitation is dated Tuesday, 18 March but does not indicate the year. The likely date is 18 March 2003 (based on the "02" form of the Cardiff telephone number on the invitation and the date on which Rabbi Ives moved to Richmond Synagogue).

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;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Synagogue.

Depository: Gwent Archives.

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