RICHARD Dante has shed light on the Leeds synagogue photograph
from last week's Roots Directory.
Jewish communal historian Murray Freedman had previously identified
the picture as being taken on Sunday, July 9, 1922 to mark the completion
of major refurbishment to the New Briggate Synagogue.
In the centre on the front row (front, fifth left) is Rabbi Hersh
Rev Casriel Kahan (fourth left) and Rev Simon Manson (sixth left)
flank Rabbi Hurwitz.
Rev Manson was, until his death in 1924, Secretary of the Leeds
Workpeople's Hospital Fund.
Also pictured is the late Philip Dante (fourth left) standing
behind Rev Kahan and Rabbi Hurwitz.
In 1927 New Briggate Synagogue closed and, after a merger, in
1931 became part of the United Hebrew Congregation housed 12 months
later in the New Synagogue, Chapletown Road, which in turn closed
The building now houses the Northern School of Contemporary Dance,
with the congregation moving to its current location on Shadwell
Other readers have identified Lazarus Rosenberg (front second
right), who was president of the shul for 16 years, and Hyman Fainer
(front third left).
RUTH Rogoff (nee Biron) of Leeds is seeking information regarding
the Jewish community of Siret in the Bukovina, Romania.
Her mother, Debora Freier was born there in 1908 to Marianne Leah
and Meir Freier.
The last known address was Kirschengasse, Siret.
Deported to Transinistra, Marianne and Meir Freier did not survive.
Ruth's uncle Leon, aunt Erna and cousin Yutta survived and emigrated
to Israel in 1947. They are no longer alive.
Ruth remembers visiting Siret for Pesach as a child before World
War Two and wants to return there in July.
Telephone 0113 2687626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LILIAN Bennett (nee Yaffe) of Leeds is searching for any members
of the family named Yaffe.
Her father was Nathan Yaffe while her grandfather, Louis Yaffe,
an actor and singer who played the violin, performed and wrote Jewish
He lived in the Leylands of Leeds, but Lilian, now resident in
the Leeds Jewish Housing Association's Skyte House, is anxious to
hear from anyone who could be her relatives - including a photographer
called David Yaffe.
Telephone: 0113 2371119.
To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
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