Welsh government secures funding future of Holocaust education

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

The Welsh government has pledged more than £320,000 to boost Holocaust education in the country's schools.

Leighton Andrews, minister for Education and Skills, announced the funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project at an event in Cardiff today.


Meat treat for Cardiff Jewish students

By Katie Taylor, October 26, 2010

The newly refurbished Cardiff Hillel has hosted its first ever meaty Friday night meal.

The Hillel, with its new meat kitchen and brand new appliances was able to serve a meaty meal to 12 students, including UJS Central development officer, Matt Keston.

Mr Keston said: “The night was a roaring success. The food was fantastic and we played a lot of fun games.

“It was a perfect start to the year for the Cardiff JSoc committee who now hope to run Friday nights in the Hillel centre every other week.”


Church leader links Israel to apartheid

By Leon Symons, October 7, 2010

The head of the Anglican Church in Wales has received a barrage of criticism after comparing the situation between Israel and the Palestinians to apartheid in South Africa.

Dr Barry Morgan, the Archbishop of Wales, was accused of damaging interfaith relations after an address to the governing body of the Church in Wales last week in which he described the situation in "Israel-Palestine" as appalling.


Welsh exhibit sheds light on Jewish past

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

An exhibition shining light on the history of the Jewish community in Wales has opened in the principality.

Bangor University academics Dr Nathan Abrams and Dr Sally Baker have discovered evidence of Jewish life in the country going back to the 13th century .

Part of an exhibition based on their work shows the role of Jews in building castles in towns such as Caernarfon before the community was expelled in the late 13th century.

Dr Abrams said Jews were forced out of Wales “at the height of the building work.


Australian candidates battle for Jewish vote

By Dan Goldberg, August 19, 2010

A London-born, Oxford-educated Catholic who once trained to be a priest, or a Welsh-born, unmarried woman who is a self-confessed atheist?

That's the choice facing Australians - among them 110,000 Jews - this weekend in a federal election that polls predict will be a photo finish.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whose bloodless coup toppled Labor leader Kevin Rudd two months ago, is pitted against Tony Abbott, the Liberal Party leader once nicknamed the "mad monk" after a slew of brutish remarks.


Rabbi's window on a Swansea childhood

By Jay Grenby, May 27, 2010

As a six-year-old in 1956, Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue rabbi Yisroel Fine was pictured with his mother at the opening of a new shul for Swansea Hebrew Congregation. Now 54 years later, the Welsh shul's stained glass windows, so familiar from his childhood, have been installed in the Cockfosters building.

When the Swansea shul closed last year, Rabbi Fine was alerted to the concern of the community's few remaining members for the future of the windows - a set of nine illustrating the festivals and a further set of 12 for the tribes of Israel.


Castles, valleys and a golf Eden

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2010

Five years after the Emperor Vespasian’s forces razed the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE, the legion he once commanded in England moved to pacify the population of another small country: Wales. The military camp it set up in Caerleon on the River Usk may have been bad news for the locals, but it left some of the finest Roman remains in Europe, including the most fully excavated amphitheatre in Britain where you can still make out the pens where fighters were held before they entered the arena.


Wales' oldest synagogue conversion plans approved

By Jessica Elgot, November 23, 2009

Planning permission has been granted for Wales' oldest synagogue to be converted into apartments.

The Grade II listed building, on Bryntirion Road, Merthyr Tydfil, was built in the 1870s. It is currently empty and has been a target for vandals.

Planning permission and Listed Buildings consent has been approved by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

The decision will now be referred to Cadw, the Welsh Heritage arm of the Welsh Assembly government.


Wales' oldest synagogue to become apartments

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2009

Wales’s oldest synagogue is to be converted into apartments if planning permission is approved by councillors.

The Grade II listed building, on Bryntirion Road, Merthyr Tydfil, was built in the 1870s. It is currently empty and has been a target for vandals.

The neo-Gothic building has been used as a Christian community centre and a gym since the synagogue closed in 1983. It is thought to be the only synagogue with a Welsh dragon as part of its architecture.


Welsh display gets £19k

October 15, 2009

A forthcoming exhibition on Jewish life in north Wales has received a £19,000 grant from Beacon for Wales.

Dr Nathan Abrams and Dr Sally Baker from Bangor University are planning a touring exhibition of university and other venues during the spring and summer of 2010.

It will incorporate screenings of the 1998 film Solomon and Gaenor, which explores the relationship between a Jewish/Welsh couple in the south Wales coalfields in the pre-First World War period.