Re: The old Synagogue, East-Terrace, Cardiff c. 1897 #unitedkingdom #records

David Harrison <djh_119@...>

Neil and any others on the Cardiff trail

I would have thought that the records of Clubs and Societies (and similar) relating to a Synagogue were kept in the Archives.  A first source to try would be the town or County Archives.  Maybe some features might be kept at Welsh National level, which I would doubt.   If the Synagogue was in a British Isles grouping, such as United Synagogue, they might have their own archive; many organisations have their records at Southampton University in a special Library (the name escapes me).   Main items of Jewish interest would most likely be in the Hewish Chronicle.   Some bits and bobs with links may well be known to whoever looks after records for other Synagogues, any Jewish School or Cemetery, you might need to ask as far away as Hereford, Gloucester or Bath for extant still alive and working societies which certainly have groups which hold communal services (they are the South Wales Boundary of my own Birmingham congregation with (fairly active) members in Anglesey and Aberystwyth.

I hope this gives you some ideas,
keep safe and enjoy

David Harrison
Birmingham, England
(or GB but not UK which comes from the US of A )

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Subject: [] The old Synagogue, East-Terrace, Cardiff c. 1897 #unitedkingdom #records

I'm trying to track down any society records, and ideally photographs of the Jewish community in late 19th Century Cardiff. Has anyone come across or can direct me to where I can possibly find?
In 1897 one of my ancestors married into what appears to be a relatively well-to-do family in the city, at what reads as (according to the local press) a very big ceremony. All the special for it being the last one held at the East Terrace Synagogue before it relocated to the premises on Cathedral Road. After the ceremony "the bridal party drove to the Fine At Gallery on Queen Street, where a reception was held in the evening".

Sadly the local press that I've found (online) limits the description of the events to a vivid text commentary of this event. Other articles suggest a very socially and philanthropic active local community in Cardiff at the time.
Grasping at straws but this might offer an avenue to getting to understand more about my relatives past lives and dare I hope see what they looked like. So all pointers, suggestions, reference books, contacts and archive help much appreciated.

Many thanks


Neil Ashton
London UK
Interested in Locations: Berdichev/Odessa.
Surnames: Nesanelis/Litinzisky (to name but two)

and in the UK Levene and Brooks.

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