Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 27 November 2010 page 1 (of 1)
I saw Sheila and Simeon Rydz recently and told them (as they are not online) that their photograph, as published in the Jewish Telegraph, was included in the latest Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter. They were surprised and delighted - but also rather upset, because the newspaper got it wrong and the Newsletter has perpetuated the mistake! It was, in fact, their GOLDEN, not diamond wedding and they asked me to ask you whether the mistake could be corrected, please. [Ed note: see original Newsletter article]
They also sent you their good wishes and so do I! Gillian Hush
Thank you for keeping me in the loop. The older I get, the better I remember my years in Middlesbrough. I know they've knocked down most of Kirby School as I am in touch with three old classmates.
I was thrilled to tears when I saw my photograph in the Kindertransport file last year. Incidentally, I recall seeing a notice announcing the death of Regina Fishbein. She was, I remember, the oldest girl in the hostel.
Again, thank you for remembering me. I will never forget the enormous gratitude I owe the Jewish Community in Middlesbrough, who took care of me from 1938 until1945.
God Bless all those who remain, and may He watch over the sleep of those who have gone to Him. Ruth Barak
I was pleased to see that there is a new edition of the Newsletter. I noticed that you are looking for someone to take over the distribution of future newsletters by post. I just wanted to let you know that I think I would be able to send out the Newsletters by post to the small number of people who require it. I don't have a fast printer, but I could get the pages photocopied quite easily if necessary. Sue Halpern Sheffield, England
[Ed note: We are very grateful to Sue for her kind offer of help]
This website makes fascinating reading, as here in Leeds, where I work at the Makor Jewish Culture Office, we are about to launch the 150th anniversary of the Leeds Jewish Community since the opening of the Belgrave Street Synagogue in 1860.
We are planning to create the first Leeds Jewish Heritage Book, but at the moment we are collecting the interesting stories of the past.
The Chief Rabbi is coming to launch this and at the end of November  we are taking over the central arena at the new Leeds Museum, to create a Leeds Jewish Heritage exhibition and more events are planned over the next two years. Helen Frais
PS: did you know that my husband Tony has written 3 children's books
I enjoyed the September 2010 update to the M'bro website.
I have some additions to and a correction of people in the picture that Gwen sent you.
I think it was taken at our previous home at 66 Roman Road, based on the age of my sister Judy in it. That isn't David Saville but Ted Breckner, son of my late cousin David Breckner. Ted has been living in Manila, Phillipines for many years. Next to him is his sister Ros(alind), now of Vancouver, and next to her their mother Adele (nee Rothfield, sister of Yetta), David's first wife. The last I heard from Ros, Adele was still living but of advanced age.
Here's an updated photo of my children, taken a few months ago in Las Vegas, where my oldest daughter Leah lives. From left to right they are Sarah, Ben, Esty and Leah.
I have just finished reading the last issue of the Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter which, as always, I found very interesting. Keep up the good work!
Now, some time ago I managed to track down the Synagogue Marriage Registers after the shul had closed. It appears they were initially kept by Dennis Broady, but later deposited for safe-keeping with the Teesside Archives. I subsequently had discussions with the County Archivist who allowed me access to the files so that I could digitise the data. It has taken some time to do but I have now finally transcribed all the relevant data, covering the period from the first recorded marriage on 30 August 1871 to the last marriage on 2 September 1984.
In order to maintain privacy of any living person I have purposedly omitted the age of both the bride and groom for all marriage entries from 1930 onwards. If any person wants a copy of a full marriage certificate this can of course be obtained from the General Register Office for England & Wales. Melville Goldbaum
[Ed note: See the special Middlesbrough Synagogue Marriages section here on this website]
I just realized my Mum Babsy Freeman is not getting emails about the Kehilat Middlesbrough website. She's just asked me to ask you if you'd please include her.
She's heard there are photos of her family (Smollan) and her cousin Terry (Greenberg) has written loads, and she's missing it! I can't believe we didn't know she was not on the list.
Thank you for your efforts to keep us informed and for letting us have this treasure of a Website! Debra Silverberg
[Ed note: Of course, we'll put her back on the list. Like a number of our readers, she has changed her email address some time ago and omitted to let us know her new address. If we aren’t notified of new email addresses, we are unable to maintain contact with our friends around the world.]