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This undated newspaper clipping, presumably from The Jewish Chronicle, includes a picture taken in the hall of the Queen's Hill Synagogue that shows members of the declining Jewish community of Newport. The picture was part of a series titled God in Wales Today, compiled by photography students at Gwent College of Higher Education. In 1986, the photographs were published as a book edited by the English photographer Daniel Meadows, a teacher of documentary photography at the college (http://www.photobus.co.uk/daniel-meadows).

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 their 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 their 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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