Long Welsh wait continues

By Josh Jackman, February 25, 2016

Two years after the sudden resignation of Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, Cardiff Reform Synagogue is still without a minister and does not expect to have a replacement until the end of the year.

"It's because we're a small community out in the sticks," said chairman Mark Stone. "It takes time for someone who we want to want to come to us. There are not many local rabbis."


Cardiff cannot find minister in time for Yomtov

August 20, 2015

Cardiff Reform Synagogue leaders have missed their target of having a rabbi in place for the High Holy-Days.

The congregation has been without a part-time minister since the departure of Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh in February of last year. The intention was for a rabbi to be start work on September 1. But a lengthy search has not borne fruit.


Cardiff starts its rabbinical search after lengthy 'mourning period'

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

Cardiff Reform Synagogue expects to fill its longstanding rabbincal vacancy by Rosh Hashanah.

After the sudden resignation of Rabbi Charles Middleburgh a year ago, the shul waited nine months to begin a search for his successor.


Mirvis addresses Muslim dinner in Cardiff

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has, for the first time, been guest of honour at a Muslim dinner, delivering a keynote speech to the Muslim Council of Wales.

Addressing a Cardiff audience of 400 including Lesley Griffiths, Communities Minister of the Welsh Assembly, he emphasised his commitment to Muslim-Jewish co-operation, calling for greater dialogue in challenging times.


Cardiff launches its 'last opportunity' promotion

By Naomi Firsht, December 18, 2014

Leaders of Cardiff synagogues, youth and welfare bodies have united in an attempt to arrest the community's decline.

Total membership of the city's synagogues has fallen from a peak of 4,000 in the 1960s and 70s to around 500, fairly evenly split between Orthodox and Reform.


Cardiff builds on goodwill

July 14, 2014

The prayer houses of Cardiff United Synagogue's two cemeteries will be renovated using the proceeds from a celebrity dinner at which actress Ruth Madoc was guest speaker. A brochure, raffle and auction contributed to the £70,000 raised.


Cardiff rabbi's surprise departure

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Cardiff Reform Synagogue minister, Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, who has served the community on a part-time basis for 10 years.

CRS chair Mel Odey declined to comment on “the recent resignation”, saying it would be “both inappropriate and premature for any statement to be made before the scheduled meeting of the synagogue members”.


Cardiff City is in a league of its own over support

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accepted a cheque for money raised by the family and friends of 27-year-old Justine Cantor for a cancer centre.

Ms Cantor died two years ago following a battle with metastatic malignant melanoma, for which there is no cure.


Cardiff home improvements

By Cathy Forman, May 27, 2013

The first phase of a £4.7 million redevelopment of Penylan House Jewish nursing home in Cardiff has been finished.

Twenty-eight residents — half of them Jewish — have moved from the old building to the new 30-bedroom facility.


Cardiff offers snapshot of a diverse community

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

Illustrated life stories of 59 Cardiff Jewish community members are on display at a local museum as part of the Hineni exhibition organised by Cardiff Reform Synagogue.

“Hineni” is Hebrew for “Here I am” and organiser Colin Heyman says the potted histories and intimate pictures “celebrate the diversity of Jews”.