Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 26 September 2010 page 10 (of 12)
We see from your website that you have a list of Kinder who do not appear to be members of ours, is there any chance they would like to join and avail themselves of our services, we appreciate the people who live abroad would be limited to just receiving the Journal but it could be of interest to them Andrea Goodmaker AJR Merrion Avenue Stanmore Middlesex HA7 4RL Tel: 020 8385 3070 Fax: 020 8385 3080 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to add some (hopefully correct) information to one of the photographs on the Website. The photograph is entitled 'Middlesbrough Ladies c1965'.
I believe the correct line up to be as follows: Back Row: Ruby Horwich, Betty Hershberg, ?Rose Wiseman, Pat Jaffa, Unknown, Sophie Brown, Ray Smollan (my mother) Front Row: Cissie Clayman, Florrie Clayman, Flora Horwich, Kitty Burnett, Sadie Brown, Libby Clayman. It is possible that the unknown lady between Pat Jaffa and Sophie Brown may be Ray Broady, but this would need confirmation. I also believe that the date of the photo would be early 1970s - this is from my memories of my mother's appearance at that time. Susan Smollan
Gerald Niman, October 2010, brother of Peter.
Hilda Saville, August 2010, in Savyon, Israel.
Ethel Doberman, Tuesday 10th March 2009, in Middlesbrough.
Vivienne Claire (Niman) 21st February 2010, wife of Philip.
Sylvia Sachs, 17th February, 2010, in Middlesbrough.
John Grunthal, March 2009, in Middlesbrough.
Zelda Kate (Kay) Simons (née Niman) died on 27 April 2008, on the last day of Pesach. She was 91.
Helene Adam, her only child, writes:
My mother, Kay, was, together with her husband, Lionel, a pillar of the Middlesbrough Jewish Community. Born in Middlesbrough in 1917, Kay spent over 80 of her 91 years in Middlesbrough, a place she dearly loved.
She trained as a teacher at Becket Park Teacher Training College in Leeds, where she enjoyed a lively social life: her headmistress allowed her to apply for Leeds, rather than Darlington, so that she could mix with Jewish people! She was a keen swimmer, a member of the College water polo team and she gained a silver swimming medal (which became one of my toys). She qualified as a life saver and a swimming teacher.
On leaving college, she returned to Middlesbrough, where she taught for many years. During the war, she was evacuated, together with her pupils, to York. It was during this time that she met Lionel, who was serving in the RAF, and they married during the war.
After my father was demobbed, my parents moved to his native Sheffield for three years. My father then opened a bespoke tailoring business in Hartlepool and my parents moved to Greenwood Avenue, Linthorpe, where they lived until Lionel died, in 2001.
Kay then moved to be near me in Cheadle, Cheshire, as the Middlesbrough community was, by then, residual. She became involved, and popular, in the South Manchester community, but Middlesbrough was always 'Home'.
Kay will be remembered as a stalwart member of the Middlesbrough Jewish Community, where she had a circle of close friends, most of whom she'd known all her life. She was a brilliant teacher of Educationally Sub-Normal (ESN) children and often, when she was out and about, former pupils would greet her with 'Hello, Miss'!
She was fit and active, riding her bike into town until well into her seventies.
She was loved by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a good cook and a superb baker. Her apple pies and chocolate roulade will never be forgotten!
She was my great friend, as well as my mother, and I miss her deeply.
Elaine Niman passed away on December 11th 2008, 14th Kislev 5769, aged 61 years, after a sudden illness, bravely born. She will be sadly missed by her husband Peter (ex Boro boy, now in Newcastle on Tyne) children Donna and Saul, sister Linda (Leeds) and her three grandchildren. Elaine will be forever in our thoughts. Peter Niman