The recently-formed group needs to raise £30,000 to continue its initial
work and retain the services of an experienced project manager.
Donations have been made by the Swansea Hebrew Congregation, the
Newport Mon Hebrew Congregation, Cardiff Reform Synagogue and the
One anonymous well-wisher has offered to match funding for future
donations up to £5,000.
Chairman David Lermon said: “Our aim is to record oral testimonies
and memories of Jewish life in communities in all areas of south
Wales, as well as the digitisation of CAJEX magazine, which flourished
from 1950 to 1991, in order to make it widely available.
“There will also be a website to signpost all available resources,
visual and oral, and an attempt to record all Jewish artefacts in
public collections throughout South Wales.”
Swansea’s Jewish burial ground dates from 1768, making it the
earliest physical evidence of Jews in Wales.
The Cardiff community began in the 1840s and there remain two
synagogues, Orthodox and Reform, but with falling and ageing memberships.
Over the years, communities flourished in mining and industrial
towns, such as Merthyr (1848), Pontypridd (1867), Newport (1869),
Brynmawr (1889), Tredegar (1874) and Llanelli (1902).
There has also been at least one Nobel Prize winner in Brian Josephson
“In order to raise the £30,000 necessary for a full year’s operation,
we plan to appeal for funds from individuals and from trusts and charitable
foundations with roots in South Wales, and, possibly, also from the
Heritage Lottery Fund,” Mr Lermon added.
BYGONE DAYS: Louis Hamburg outside Cathedral Road Synagogue,
Cardiff, in October 1962
“There is likely to be a need for volunteers with relevant skills
and sufficient time.
“Work started this month recording oral testimonies under the
guidance of experienced project manager Klavdija Erzen.”
The committee also includes Tony Blasebalk, Lisa Gerson, Laurence
Kahn, Leonard Mars, treasurer John Minkes, Melody Odey and secretary
To help, phone Mr Lermon on 07557 799933. Email email@example.com
Donations via cheque and payable to JHASW can be sent to the treasurer
John Minkes at 60 Barons Court Road, CF23 9DG. Donations can be
subject to Gift Aid.
GEOFF Courtney is trying to find an old classmate for a school
Michael Cohen was a pupil at Highland’s Primary School in Ilford
in the early-1950s and subsequently at Bancroft’s School in Woodford
Green from 1955 until 1962.
Geoff, who started a career in journalism in 1961, believes Michael
was at one time a lecturer/professor at Swansea University.
MARSHA Gilbert, of Oregon, is searching for the family of Pollie
Cohen, who died on September 19, 1912, at 17 Crimbles Street, Leeds.
Pollie was the sister of Nurse Cohen, Dan Cohen, Joe Cohen and
Jack Cohen. She was married to Nathan Myers and lived in Harrogate.
Marsha is also trying to get back in touch with Sonia Tobias.
She was in contact with her but her email address no longer works.
Sonia is the niece of Fay Cohen Balsam.
She is also looking for Hazel and Darryl Lipke.