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.
Two events have marked the start of Cardiff Reform Synagogue's 60th anniversary celebrations. A supper evening, held at the home of Lillian and Michael Bogod, attracted 70 people. The evening event raised £1,700, which was used towards a family fun day. The fun day was attended by more than 100 people from across the community and held at Lisvane Primary School. Events included pony rides, quad biking and sumo wrestling.
Around 250 people attended the annual garden fete in aid of Penylan House Jewish Residential and Nursing Home. Members of the community helped to run the event which included children's events and bottle, book and jewellery stalls. The £3,300 raised will fund concerts and outings for residents.
More than 20 children and family members attended the Cardiff United Synagogue cheder prize-giving. Roger Gewolb, a law professor and communal activist who has recently joined the community, was the guest of honour and complimented the teaching staff, under the guidance of headteacher Blima Wollenberg.
Around 150 people attended Cardiff United Synagogue for a plaque-unveiling in remembrance of shul member Roger Harris, who died last August aged 58. Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg spoke of the work Mr Harris had carried out for the shul and how he had raised money for Israeli charity Food for Kids. The shul foyer has been named the Roger Harris Reception Hall in gratitude for his work.