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The balance sheet for the Newport Hebrew Congregation, Newport, dated 31 October 1975. The first page introduces the liabilities: the external charities, internal charities, the Brynmawr loan, legacy accounts, the building appeal fund, and sundry creditors. Adjacent to this section are the assets, which feature: land and buildings, the accumulations account, and subscriptions due - both are totalled. The second page provides the expenditures: salaries, Hebrew education, subscriptions, charities, and general expenses. Next to these calculations is the income accounts: members subscriptions, miscellaneous offerings, and miscellaneous receipts.

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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