Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 6 April 2000 page 4
Dorman Long to Israel
What’s this? A goy writing to a Jewish Newsletter! But born and bred in M’bro and a survivor of M’bro High School, I feel entitled to put in my two penn’th. At school I knew Mark Levy, Harry Baker and of course Harold Stock.
In the army I was again with Harold. We found trouble with the Company QM for exchanging uniforms. Harold fancied the new battle dress, while I fancied the tunic. He was cleverer than I and it was only later on that I realised that whilst I was polishing buttons he had an extra 10 minutes sleep. Later we were sent to different outfits but I am sure Harold schlepped his saxophone wherever he went. I served in North Africa and Italy.
After the war I returned to Constantine College, to top up my studies while working at Dorman Long. After a spell as a construction site engineer, in 1951 I was asked to go to Israel to put together the steel structure for the Reading Power Station. It was difficult but fascinating work, with unskilled new immigrant labour who improved in stature and confidence with every day. At Dormans I knew Maurice Lapp and at Israel Electric Co I was befriended by John Tabor – ex London, but with family (Hush) in Great Ayton. When John went to the UK and the North East he took the address of my late mother. He wanted to reassure her that we did not live in caves. My mother was convinced and visited many times to winter here. I returned to the UK in 1953 but by 1955 I was back in Israel to erect the Ashdod Power Station. At that time, Ashdod consisted of about four beduin tents. During that visit, I married (in Cyprus) a Czech girl and we went together to India for a similar construction. After that we had to decide where to live and it was Israel. I was welcomed back by the Israel Electric Co where I worked until 1991, six years after normal retirement age. I continue to live in Tel Aviv. John Westwood Tel Aviv, Israel Letters
I am the only daughter of Issy Nayman. My grandparents were Morris and Fanny Nayman. The family had a tailoring business in Borough Road, M’bro. Grandfather came over from Suwalki in Poland at the end of the 1890s and eventually made his home in M’bro. Rita, the survivor of their seven children, now lives in Edinburgh.
We keep alive the story of how my grandfather came to England and pass it on to our grandchildren—we are anxious that it should not be forgotten. Leila (Nayman) Mole St Day, Cornwall, England
My association with M’bro began when my sister Brenda Posnansky married Theo Richardson in March 1947. I was only four years old at the time, but I used to visit her every summer. She and Theo lived in Marton, which was then in the heart of the country.
I remember picking blackberries whilst waiting for the bus into town. The only shop was the village post office. Their house looked out onto fields of waving corn. The fields of corn are long gone, but when I look at the camels strolling through the wadi behind my house in Arad, I dream of and long for the glorious scenery of North Yorks!
I made aliya in 1965 but returned to England, newly married, in 1969. I taught in Victoria Road primary school M’bro until shortly before the birth of my daughter in 1970. My second daughter was born in 1972 and in July 1973 we made permanent aliya. My contemporaries were Ruth Saville (with whom I used to play Scrabble on Shabbat afternoons) and Helen Simons. Although Arad is home to me now, I have fond memories of M’bro. I was amazed to learn how many people from the Kehila have made aliya and settled here. Ruth Shemesh Arad, Israel
My parents Louis and Jennie Smollan had a letter recently from a Valerie Smollan in South Africa—who was contacted by someone in Australia via Israel, who is also a Smollan—because of the report about our wedding in the Newsletter! As you can imagine this has been a source of great interest to us.
We are now trying to learn more about our family. It appears that the Smollan family was far bigger than we thought. We are interested in finding out about the Smollans in M’bro around the 1870s. Does anyone have information about Solomon, Isaac, Chaim or Channah (Annie) Smollan or Tevye Davis? We are not sure how they were all related to each other, but cousins marrying cousins is obviously a family tradition that Zelick and I have carried on.
I am sure our family is no different to many other M’bro families, but it is remarkable to think that out of one small Jewish community separated by miles and generations we can now re-trace our roots, communicate via email and keep the spirit of M’bro alive. Michelle Mendelovich-Michaels Ra’anana, Israel
Harry Silverston, in London, survived by his wife, Sally, son Warren and daughter Patricia.
Lena (Silverston) Tabor, in Haifa, survived by 3 daughters in Israel and her sister Frieda in Leeds.
Sadie (Smollan) Mendelovich, in Kiryat Bialik, Israel, survived by her sons Yoel and Zelick, daughter Nava and brother Louis.
Ronnie Niman, in Bury, England, survived by his wife, Sheila (Garbutt) son Michael, daughter Ann and sister Esther (Hyman).
Answers to Quiz no 6
1. Rolando Ugolini 2. 2 silver and 1 bronze swimming medals at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics 3. One penny—the cheapest in the country 4. Miss Bedford 5. Grand Opera House; office block, Harry Cohen 6. Silverston, Vyner, Kersh 7. Rabbi Epstein 8. (a) 1874 (b) 1885 (c) 1938 (d) 1950 (e) 1974 9. John Grunthal, Bernard Silverston 10. Doberman—67 Oxford Rd, Simons—1 Greenwood Ave