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The balance sheet and accounts for the Newport Hebrew Congregation dated 31 October 1954. This document features the dates and times for the general, trustees, and council meetings, with a concise agenda. The liabilities and assets are incorporated, followed by the income and expenditure accounts. A statement for the members' subscriptions, donations, and offerings expands across two pages, using a letter based key to highlight the status of certain expenses. Contributions to the general charities account are detailed, as well as special offerings. Adjacent to these sums are plot reservations and cemetery fees, offerings, etc. The last page consists of special tax receipts, and the balances of the Orphan Aid Society, Chevra Kedisha, cemetery care, Board of Guardians, and the Board of Deputies.

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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