Llanelli Synagogue

Carmarthenshire, South Wales




Page created: 22 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 20 October 2013

Congregation Data

The Llanelli community had the following congregation (and also had, at one time, a second congregation):


Llanelli Synagogue


Queen Victoria Street, Llanelli

Date Formed:

1909 (Synagogue built)

Current Status:

Closed - after 1947 (now part of the Swansea Hebrew Congregation)


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Membership Data:

1937 - 31 members (The Jewish Year Book 1938)

Town Location:

Llanelli is a town in South Wales situated on the on the northern coast of the Burry Inlet, near the entrance to the Bristol Channel, about 13 miles east of Swansea.

Local Government:

From 1996 - the county of Carmarthenshire - a unitary authority
1974 to 1996 - the district of Llanelli in the county of Dyfed
Until 1974 - the municipal borough of Llanelli in the county of Carmarthenshire

Note on Llanelli Jewish

Llanelli was the town in which Michael Howard (now Baron Howard of Lympne), leader of Conservative Party from November 2003 to December 2005, grew up and went to school, his family having moved there from his birth town of Gorseinon (now part of Swansea).  Born Michael Hecht on 7 July 1941, the son of Rumanian Jewish immigrants, Michael Howard was the first Jew to lead one of the principal British political parties. (Benjamin Disraeli, leader of the Conservative (Tory) Party in the nineteenth century, had been baptized at birth, and when Herbert (later Lord) Samuel was leader of the Liberal Party from 1931 to 1935, it had already ceased to be one of the two major parties.)


Press Reports relating to the Llanelli Jewish Community 1902 - 1986

Llanelli Jewish Population Data

300 (The Jewish Year Book 1935)
- 120 (The Jewish Year Book 1991)

Other  Information

Bibliography and other Sources 


Carmarthenshire Jewish Communities home page

Jewish Congregations in the former county of Carmarthenshire

Jewish Communities and Congregations in Wales home page

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