Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 20 July 2004 page 3 (of 4)
I don't think anyone has yet mentioned the annual sports day of the cheder, when we all went to Lealholme. One of the highlights was the handicap race for boys, meticulously organised by Sam Solomon. I remember one in particular in the early 1960s, when I was leading until I lost a shoe and David Jaffa flashed past to win. There was also a men's race which I think Harold Stock used to win regularly. In those days there was no equivalent race for the women, but they did make lovely sandwiches.
My bar mitzvah was almost certainly the last that Sam Solomon taught (November 1968). I remember clearly making a slight mistake and covering it up so no one would notice, only to hear Mr Solomon loudly chiding me. Michael Niman
I must say, my mother and I really appreciate the Kehilat Middlesbrough newsletter, which my cousin David Niman kindly forwards to me (I rarely use the internet at home get fed up of it at work!).
A big thank you to you and David Saville for your inspiration in setting up this virtual community and for your efforts on behalf of the far-flung ex-Middlesbroughians. One of these days I’ll get round to sending you a contribution!
Denis and Susan Broady moved to Cheadle (South Manchester), where my husband and I live, a few years ago. I don’t know whether you knew that Denis Broady had died on 15 December 2003. Susan (his widow) and Stella (his sister) would like only a straightforward announcement in the newsletter, but no obituary. I thought I’d let you know, just in case the grapevine hadn’t worked! Helene Adam (nee Simons)
Just surfing the net and came across this Middlesbrough website. My grandfather and father were born in Middlesbrough. Zeider was Isaac Solomon, a shoe repairer in Boundary Road, and my father was Morris Solomon, who left there when he was young and lived in London. My name is Raymond Solomon, was born and lived in London all my life until five years ago when I moved here to Los Angeles. My father had various brothers, Harry,Michael ( Mick), Dave, Sam and Phil twins and a sister called Dinah. I know Mick had two daughters, Anne and Bernice. Dave also had two daughters Tanya and Lorraine. Harry had a daughter, I think called Leila. Dinah moved to the States but returned after her divorce. I am the only Solomon boy ! I learnt in Gateshead Yeshivah, and have been in Office Admin. all my life, although I am now retired. Zeider lived his later life in the Joel Intract Memorial Home in Sunderland, where he is buried. Over the years I have lost contact with all my family and would love to know if anyone of my cousins are alive still and where they are ! I remember Rev Kersh and when I was evacuated during the war went to Cheder in the shul. I also think that Mick's wife's maiden name was Smollen. And Dave's wife Dinah was a Hershberg. My email is email@example.com and would love to hear from anyone out there who knew any of my family. I have nine children, seven boys and two girls. Two boys live in New Jersey, the two girls in Canada, Toronto and Montreal, and have four sons living this side of the stated in and around Los Angeles, and one son left in London. Raymond ( Reuven) Solomon Los Angeles, USA
I recently came across your Middlesbrough website and was surprised and very pleased to find photographs of my great-grandparents tombstones on one of the pages.
My name is Michael Garbutt, and my great-grandparents were Samuel Garbutt and Sarah (Klompus) Garbutt. Samuel was originally from Kretinga in Lithuania and migrated to England in the late 1870s or early 1880s. My grandfather, Harry Garbutt, was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1882, one of eight or nine siblings.
I notice there are number of other Garbutts whose names appear on the website but I don't know if we are related. I assume so, as it was a relatively small community.
My grandfather, who died in 1984 at the age of 101, told me that his father adopted the name Garbutt, which is fairly common among non-Jews in the north-east, on arriving in England, but I was never able to find out the previous family name and would be interested if any of your readers might be able to shed light on this.
I myself am 48, and grew up in Manchester and now live in Sydney Australia where I work as an urban designer and TV scriptwriter. I would be delighted to hear from any other Garbutts formerly of Middlesborough/Stockton to try and figure out the connection.
With best wishes and congratulations for an excellent website. Michael Garbutt Sydney, Australia
I am seeking information about Reverend Solly Turtledove - who according to information on the website was the leader of the congregation from 1951 to 1958.
Rev Turtledove and his daughter Dina are mentioned in Terry Greenberg's memoirs. I would greatly appreciate "hearing" from anyone who remembers him. I was looking for Terry's email address, but could not find it on the site.
Specifically I am interested to know if he came from Cape Town, South Africa - as there was a Solly Turtledove in our family who was involved in Jewish education.
Congratulations on creating an outstanding "on-line museum" to the Jews of Middlesbrough. Brian Turtledove Sydney, Australia