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JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND CONGREGATIONS IN WALES
listed according to counties

Wales was divided into counties until 1996, when the two tier structure (counties and districts) was abolished and replaced by 22 unitary authorities

Map of Wales, showing the historic Welsh counties (replaced in 1974) and the name of every town
that ever had a Jewish community and congregation.


Listing according to pre-1974
historic counties

Breconshire (Brecknockshire)
  Brynmawr
     Brynmawr Hebrew Cong.(3,5,6)

 

Caenarvonshire
  
Bangor
     Bangor Hebrew Congregation(1,3)
  Llandudno
     Llandudno & Colwyn Bay
           Hebrew Congregation

 

Carmarthenshire
  
Ammanford
     Ammanford Hebrew Cong.(3)
  Llanelli
     Llanelli Synagogue(3)

 

Denbighshire
  
Colwyn Bay
     Colwyn Bay Hebrew Cong.
  Wrexham Community
     Wrexham Old Congregation
     Wrexham Synagogue

 

Flintshire
  Rhyl
    
Rhyl Hebrew Congregation(3)
 

Glamorganshire
 
Aberdare
     Aberdare Synagogue(3)
  Bargoed
     Bargoed Hebrew Cong.(3)
  Barry
     Barry Dock Hebrew Cong.(3)
  Bridgend
     Bridgend Synagogue(3)
  Cardiff Community(1,3,6)
     Beth Hamedresh
     Cardiff Reform Synagogue
     Cardiff United Synagogue
     Marlborough Road Syn.
     New Cong. (Orthodox)
     Talmud Torah Congregation
     Windsor Place Synagogue
  Merthyr Tydfil
     Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Cong.(1,3,4,5,6)
  Neath
     Neath Synagogue(5)
  New Tredegar
     New Tredegar Hebrew Cong.(3)
  Penrhiwceiber
     Penrhiwceiber Synagogue
  Pontypridd
     Pontypridd Synagogue(3,5)
  Porthcawl
     Porthcawl Hebrew Cong.
  Port Talbot
     Aberavon and Port Talbot(3)
  Swansea Community(1,3,5)
     Swansea Beth Hamedrash
     Swansea Hebrew Cong.
  Tonypandy
     Tonypandy Synagogue(5)
  Ysealyfera
     Ystalyfera Synagogue

 

Monmouthshire
  Abercarn (see Newbridge(3))
  Abertillery
     Abertillery Hebrew Cong.(3)
  Blackwood
     Blackwood & District Hebrew Cong.
  Crosskeys (see Newbridge(3))
  Crumlin (see Newbridge(3))
  Ebbw Vale
     Ebbw Vale Hebrew Cong.
  Llanhilleth (see Newbridge(3))
  Newbridge
     Newbridge Hebrew Cong.
  Newport
     Newport Synagogue(3)
  Pontypool
     Pontypool Synagogue(3)
  Tredegar
     Montefiore Centenary  Syn.(5)
 

Montgomeryshire
  
Welshpool
      
Welshpool Jewish Group

 


Listing according to administrative
counties 1974 to 1996

 Clwyd
  
Colwyn Bay
      Colwyn Bay Hebrew Cong
   Rhyl
      Rhyl Hebrew Congregation(3)
   Wrexham Community
      Wrexham Old Congregation
      Wrexham Synagogue

 

 Dyfed
   
Ammanford
      Ammanford Hebrew Cong.(3)
   Llanelli
      Llanelli Synagogue(3)

 

 Gwent

   Abercarn (see Newbridge(3))

   Abertillery
      Abertillery Hebrew Cong.(3)
   Blackwood
     Blackwood & District Hebrew Cong.
   Brynmawr
      Brynmawr Hebrew Cong.(3,5,6)
   Crosskeys (see Newbridge(3))
  
Crumlin (see Newbridge(3))
   Ebbw Vale
      Ebbw Vale Hebrew Cong.
   Llanhilleth (see Newbridge(3))
   Newbridge
      Newbridge Hebrew Cong.
   Torfaen
      Pontypool Synagogue(3)
   Tredegar
      Montefiore Centenary  Syn.(3,5)

   Newport
      Newport Synagogue(3)

 

 Gwynedd
   
Bangor
      Bangor Hebrew Congregation(1,3)
   Llandudno
      Llandudno & Colwyn Bay
           Hebrew Congregation

 

 Mid Glamorgan
   
Aberdare
      Aberdare Synagogue(3)
   Bargoed
      Bargoed Hebrew Cong.(3)
   Bridgend
      Bridgend Synagogue(3)
   Merthyr Tydfil
      Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Cong.(1,3,4,5,6)
   New Tredegar
      New Tredegar Hebrew Cong.(3)
   Penrhiwceiber
      Penrhiwceiber Synagogue
   Pontypridd
      Pontypridd Synagogue(3)(5)
   Porthcawl
      Porthcawl Hebrew Cong.
   Tonypandy
      Tonypandy Synagogue(5)
 

 Powys
   
Welshpool
       
Welshpool Jewish Group

 

 South Glamorgan
   
Barry
      Barry Dock Hebrew Cong.(3)
   Cardiff Community(1,3,6)
      Beth Hamedresh
      Cardiff Reform Synagogue
      Cardiff United Synagogue
      Marlborough Road Synagogue
      New Cong. (Orthodox)
      Talmud Torah Congregation
      Windsor Place Synagogue

 

 West Glamorgan
   
Neath
      Neath Synagogue(5)
   Port Talbot
      Aberavon and Port Talbot(3)
   Swansea Community(1,3,5)
      Swansea Beth Hamedrash
      Swansea Hebrew Cong.
   Ysealyfera
      Ystalyfera Synagogue

 

(1) Community records (as listed) in All-UK Database.

(2) Pages with their own searchable databases.

(3) Pages with press reports on the community.

(4) Pages with photographs.

(5) Pages with articles and other contributed material.

(6) Pages with browsable lists.

 

 


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database specifically associated with Wales include:

Burials

Merthyr Tydfil Cemetery, JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register (624 records)

Census

Welsh Census Return 1851 and 1891 (1,800 records), with introduction and explanation.

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in cities or towns in Wales during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (13 records), 1810s (29 records); 1820s (30 records), 1830s (98 records), 1840s (199 records), 1850s (329 records), 1860s (172 records), 1870s (139 records), 1880s (84 records), 1890s (43 records), 1900s (22 records) and 1910s (1 record).
 

Articles on the Welsh Jewish Community

How 'Greeners' Came to the Valley by Michael Wallach, Jewish Chronicle Colour Magazine, 1975 (posted on JCR-UK).


Other Wales Jewish Information

        JOWBR (JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial), searching under "Wales"

Bibliography and other sources

Welsh Jewish Cemeteries - IAJGS Cemetery Project

Medieval (Pre-1290) Jewish Communities in Wales

 

 


Click below to view the following lists of congregations:

  • click here to view the above communities and congregations alphabetically according to town.

  • click here to view the above communities and congregations according to current unitary authority.

  • Click Here for congregations destroyed by German air raids during World War II.

  • Click Here for congregations listed by Affiliation to Synagogue Organisations.
     

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