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Cardiff Jewish Community records and papers

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DJR

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Cardiff Jewish Community records and papers

Short Title: Cardiff Jewish Community records and papers

Creation date(s): 1845-1991

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.54 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): David Shane; Henry Samuel; Louis Cohen; Harris Jerevitch; Cardiff United Synagogue


Administrative/Biographical history: The Jewish Community in Cardiff can trace its roots back to the first half of the nineteenth century. The first formal Jewish institution to be established in the town was a Jewish cemetery at Highfield in 1841. The first formal synagogue was opened in East Terrace 1858-1897, followed in the 1880s by the Edward Place synagogue. In 1897, the Cathedral Road synagogue was opened, followed by the Clare Road synagogue in 1900 and the Windsor Place synagogue in 1918. In 1955 the Penylan synagogue was opened in Cyncoed, and superceded by the Cyncoed Gardens synagogue in 2003. Henry Samuel was the Cardiff correspondent to the Jewish Chronicle, 1930-1976. David Shane was involved in numerous Jewish and non-Jewish organisations including the Young Citizens' Association and the Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen. The Rev Harris Jerevitch was born in Russia in 1886. He was appointed minister and head teacher of Cathedral Road synagogue in 1908, and served the community until his retirement in 1953. Louis Cohen held a number of offices in the Cardiff United Synagogue, including a period as president in 1969.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to the Cardiff Jewish community including the Henry Samuel papers, 1929-1976; CAJEX 1907-1991; photographs, c. 1920-1980; David Shane scrapbooks, 1932-1991; Cardiff Hebrew Congregation, Cathedral Road records, 1888-1957; Cardiff United Synagogue records, 1941-1982; Penylan Synagogue records, 1968-1981; Cathedral Road Youth Centre, 1968-1977; burial board records, 1845-1983; Cardiff and District Jewish Defence Committee, 1944-1949; Rev Harris Jerevitch papers, 1941-1950; Louis Cohen correspondence, 1955-1982; Penylan kindergarten records, 1964-1989.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: Access to documents less than 30 years is restricted - contact the Duty Archivist

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office by a private individual, 1991-2002



Archivist's note: Compiled by David Morris for the ANW project. The following sources were used for compilation: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids; Henriques, Ursula, The Jews of South Wales (London 1993).

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2005

Jewish way of life | Wales | Cardiff
Jews | Wales | Cardiff
Judaism | Wales | Cardiff
Synagogues | Wales | Cardiff

Personal names
Cohen , Louis , alive 1955-1982 , of Cardiff
Jerevitch , Harris , b. 1886
Samuel , Henry
Shane , David , of Cardiff

Corporate names
Cardiff United Synagogue
Cathedral Road Synagogue (Cardiff, Wales)
East Terrace Synagogue (Cardiff, Wales)
Windsor Place Synagogue (Cardiff, Wales)

Cardiff (Wales)

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