Cardiff United Synagogue

Cardiff, Wales




Page created: 1 May 2003
Latest revision or update: 6 September 2015

Congregation Data

Background Data  Formed by the merger of two (or possibly three) congregations, including the "Englisher Shul" (then in Cathedral Road) and the "Foreigners' Shul" (then in Merches Place). Following the merger, it continued, until recently, to comprise more than one congregation at different locations, but forming one united (or, at times disunited) organization.


Cardiff United Synagogue


Cyncoed Gardens, Cyncoed Road, Penylan, Cardiff CF23 5SL (from 2003)

Former Addresses:

Original congregation (Old Hebrew Congregation):
1853 - 1858  Trinity Street, Cardiff
1858 - 1897  East Terrace, Bute Street, Cardiff (redeveloped 1888)
1897 - 1989  Cathedral Road, Cardiff

New (orthodox) Congregation:
1889 - 1900  Edwards Place, Cardiff
1900 - ????  Merches Place, Cardiff

Windsor Place congregation:
1918 - 1955  Windsor Place, Cardiff

Penylan congregation (synagogue consecrated 9 January 1955):
1955 - 2003 Peylan Ty Gwyn Road, Cardiff (moved to Cyncoed Gardens)

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


A provincial synagogue under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi.

Marriage Certification:

Group: BOD (Board of Deputies);
Appears in 1998 General Registrar Official List: Yes;
Worship Number: 64822;
Registration District: Cardiff



Congregation Numbers:

1900 - 75 seatholders at Cathedral Road Synagogue and 31 seatholders at the Edwards Place Synagogue (The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)
1938 - 350 members at Cathedral Road Synagogue (in addition to 220 members at  Windsor Place Synagogue) (The Jewish Year Book 1939)
1946 - 400 members at Cathedral Road Synagogue (in addition to 300 members at  Windsor Place Synagogue) (The Jewish Year Book 1947)
1999 - 230 (as reported by Board of Deputies)


A Photograph (taken in 2015) of the former Synagogue in Cathedral Road
(now Cardiff Temple Court serviced offices)

Other  Congregation Information

  • Records:
         The synagogue's archives are deposited with the Archivist, and are located at Mid Glamorgan County Hall,  Museum Avenue, Central Cardiff.  Contact: Alan Liss, Community Historian. c/o Cardiff United Synagogue, Cyncoed Gardens.

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