Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 26 September 2010 page 4 (of 12)
This melody was written by Rev Jacob Silverston who was the Chazan of the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation from 1897 to1936. He was born Jankel Moszko Dumaj in Szczuczyn Poland in March 1868 and lived in England from October 1897 until his death in February 1936. In the Centenary Booklet 1874-1974, “One hundred Years of Worship: A Short History of the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation 5634-5734” by Philip Niman, it is noted that "he composed many pieces of liturgical music especially the Hallel". None however have survived except this melody of Ma Ashiv that the Saville family from the community used to sing as part of Hallel at the Seder Table, remembering that this was Rev Silverston's.
David Saville, who lives in Jerusalem, sang the tune to Ian Cohen, a grandson of Rev Silverston and later to Ian's son Yaden .This arrangement of Ma Ashiv was made by Yaden Cohen and is sung here by him with a little help from his father. The thought that this melody was composed by his great grand father makes the task of saving it from being forgotten a real labour of love for Yaden. Ian Cohen, Israel
This is a piece I wrote for our fortnightly shul mag, North-East Recorder, which may be of interest:
Dear Recorder Editors, I had an unexpected but very welcome phone-call the other day from "our" esteemed Dr. Lionel Kopelowitz, now residing in North London. He had found his mother`s family, by the name of GARSTEIN, listed in the 1911 census, residing in Middlesbrough. It was actually Joseph Garstein he had found, his late grandfather`s brother! He was listed as living in Grosvenor Terrace, Middlesbrough and Dr. Kopelowitz naturally wanted to find out where it was and asked if I could take a photo? I had never heard of it and duly found that there wasn’t a Grosvenor Terrace on any current map! Then I had the sudden (bright) idea that the Teesside Principal Archivist might help! So I rang her and made an appointment for 2pm. the following day, where I was escorted into a large office where I had to put everything I was carrying into a locker and was given a key. "These are valuable old documents and, sadly, there are thieves about!" she said. So I complied and was very intrigued to find an old map of Middlesbrough from 1893 showing the area of this Grosvenor Terrace but it wasn`t actually marked...YET, a much-enlarged blow-up DID show it! I was delighted and, with my big already-addressed envelope and a stamp which I had taken along with me, I paid a small fee to the Archivist and posted it off to Dr. Kopelowitz in London with my short covering note. He has just now phoned me to say he is delighted "to have completed the picture" and "by all means, write a piece for the Recorder, if you wish" he added... This Grosvenor Terrace is now a shopping parade in the middle of Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough`s main thoroughfare, by the way! Now, that`s what I call a RESULT!! Gwendoline Lamb May 2010
I stumbled across your website on Google, whilst trying to find signs of Jewish life in or around Stockton. I'll be studying in that area for 2 years and was wondering if there was still any form of Jewish community nearby (besides Newcastle). Josh Arad email@example.com
I came across your site while searching the web for the whereabouts of Sidney Ronald Goodman who married Anne Bloom, daughter of Herbert Bloom. Mr Goodman had furniture and curtain shops in Middlesbrough, and I worked for "Mr G", as we called him, in the 70's in the Linthorpe Road branch, as his Bookeeper/Secretary and also in the Curtain Boutique. I'm in touch with another ex-employee, Mike Shanley, (whose brother is a close friend and neighbour of mine) - we were reminiscing only very recently!!
The last we heard was that "Mr & Mrs G" had moved to Edinburgh as their son, Nigel, had opened an antique business there. This information was from another ex-employee, Mavis Moore, who sadly died last year, and I believe she was told by Cynthia (sorry I don't know her surname), who worked at the old Curtain Boutique premises in Dundas Street when it became a clothes boutique "Annabelle Fashions" run by Mrs. G.
I have attached a 1970's photo of me with Mr Goodman, when I posed as a customer for a photo shoot about the electric storage heaters he'd had installed in the Linthorpe Road shop.
I would really love to just know how they are, and pass the information on to Mike Shanley too. Please feel free to add the photo to your site, along with my name, it certainly captures the seventies era, with my mini skirt and the style of furniture! Cheryl Sanderson (nee Cummings) Ed note: We passed Cheryl’s enquiry to Gwen Lamb, who replied as follows: Dear Cheryl, I am replying to your email via Donald Wiseman in Jerusalem who forwarded it to me, Gwen, in Marton, Middlesbrough. I`m one of the very few still remaining here! Yes, I remember Anne Goodman, and Ron and their son Nigel well from over 30 years ago. I also remember their big furniture shop at the top of Linthorpe Road, when I was a little girl! and yes, I remember they moved to Edinburgh....I don`t know who is in touch with them now, but, I straight away, rang Edinburgh Orthodox synagogue for you but no reply, so I herewith give you the two email address of the two synagogues in Edinburgh, one is orthodox and one is a Reform Synagogue...someone at either of these should know her and son`s whereabouts...so try them direct...Good luck and I hope you find them! Gwen Lamb
My family were from the Middlesbrough area and I am trying to trace the family as I have been told they were Jewish, name of Finkell, or Finkle , I was looking on the web site and it seems the records are no longer available.
I was adopted as a child and only recently have become aware of my natural families background. I do have some names, as I have used Ancestry. com but that seems to only have civil records and I am rather new to all this. Tim Old
I wondered if you would be willing to give out details of the following project to members of your congregation? Dr Sara Ryan
A new project - Jewish Health Issues - is being carried out at the DIPEx Health Experiences Research Unit based at the University of Oxford. We would like to interview people from the Jewish community who have experience of health issues that are often related to their ethnic background including some cancers, Gaucher's, Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis and so on. The outcome of the project will be a site at www.healthtalkonline.org.uk. This website aims to help people to:
● understand & cope with health problems and issues ● know what really matters to people when they are ill or are facing health issues; and ● answer common questions and provide information.
People who are faced with difficult choices (e.g. where to find information, whether try different interventions) will be able to go to the Healthtalkonline website for this kind of help. Health professionals who want to understand what it is like for people to have an illness or face health choices can also visit the website which is also used as a teaching resource for medical and health care students. Taking part in the study will involve an interview at a time and location that is convenient to you. The interview usually last between 45 minutes and two hours. The data will be analysed and the key themes that emerge from the research will be written up as topic summaries for the website. With your permission, the interview will be video recorded and short clips from the interview will be used to illustrate these summaries. If you prefer not to be filmed and to remain anonymous, we can include text only extracts from the interview with all identifying factors removed - it is entirely up to you which format you would like.
If you are aged 16 or over and would like to hear more information about the project, please contact Sara Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01865 289374.
Dr Sara Ryan Senior Researcher Health Experiences Research Unit Department of Primary Health Care University of Oxford Old Road Campus Headington Oxford OX3 7LF Tel: 01865 289374 www.dipex.org.uk