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This undated newspaper clipping reports on the Newport Jewish community's fiftieth anniversary festivities of their synagogue on Queen's Hill Crescent and the 125th anniversary of the congregation. These were celebrated in 1984. The references to Chanukah imply that the event took place in December. The typeface is similar to the one used by the South Wales Argus at the time.

The article recounts the history of the Newport congregation and includes comments from their president, Harry Joseph. Mr Joseph inherited the title from Ezekiel Nathan, who served ten consecutive years as a president, a record at the time.

The dwindling number of congregants is mentioned, noting that the community is too small to have a full-time minister or rabbi. The Hebrew school, once attended by about 100 children, now has one pupil who receives the teaching in Cardiff.

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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