Solomon’s time in Bath was not without controversy as this extract from The Jews of Bath shows: in April 1855 the Bath Journal reported that the confused state of affairs of the congregation was to be looked into and a new schochet found. In May, nine men, seven with London addresses and one each in Birmingham and Plymouth appealed in the Jewish Chronicle for subscriptions on Wolfe's behalf. Wolfe himself wrote to explain why such steps had been taken.
The Chief Rabbi had summoned him, in view of his age, for re-examination of shechita (ritual slaughter). Before attending on Adler he had been refused further maintenance by the Bath congregation. When Adler withdrew his authorization he was left with no means apart from a weekly salary of 12s 6
d (60p) as Chazzan Sheni (Reader). As a comparison, the rabbi at Bristol in 1844 was living rent free at a weekly salary of 27s 6
d (£2 13p) but the newly elected wardens at Bath had a chazzan and shochet to support, and numbers being very limited could allow Wolfe no higher salary.
This unhappy episode ended, it was reported, in an amicable settlement made by the Chief Rabbi when visiting Bath three months later.