Len Levin <llevin@...>
I hope that some of you erudite readers will be able to solve a mystery that
has my family perplexed.
My great-aunt Esther Cohen was married in the manse of the Unitarian Church
in Woollahra,Sydney,Australia by a Reverend F. Cowling on March 20th. 1913.
to a Simon Schwartz , a Jew >from Rumania . She came >from a large, very
observant Jewish family >from Poland, she having been born in Sheffield,
England. They stated it was a first marriage for both parties
Three days later the couple were wed in The Great Synagogue in Sydney by
Rabbi Cohen, and the earlier ceremony is mentioned in the margin of their
I have written to the relevant church authorities in Sydney,who could offer
no explanation , and local Rabbis & Jewish historians in Melbourne who
couldn't help either. This Discussion Group is our last hope of an answer.
Thanks in anticipation