Newbridge Hebrew Congregation

& Newbridge & District Jewish Community

Caerphilly, South Wales




Page created: 13 May 2006
Latest revision or update: 17 January 2016

Congregation Data


Newbridge Hebrew Congregation

(There is a solitary reference, in 1916, to the Abertillery and Newbridge United Hebrew Congregation)

Town Location:

Newbridge is a small town situated on the river Ebbw in South East Wales.

Jewish Community:

Newbridge had an organised Jewish community with a minister - Rev. Philip Freedman (for a short period in the early 20th century), a synagogue, a Marriage Secretary, a Deputy at the Jewish Board of Deputies, Hebrew schoolrooms (the classes meeting four times a week at one stage) and associated societies.

The small towns or villages of Abercarn and Crosskeys (just to the south of Newbridge) and Crumlin and Llanhilleth (just to the north of Newbridge), all situated along the river Ebbw, also had a number of Jewish residents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who were connected to the Newbridge community.


The location of the synagogue is not known, although there are references one in certain reports in the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish Year Books.

Date Formed:

Jewish communal activity appears to have commence in about 1905, although the first first newspaper reference to a synagogue in Newbridge was in 1915 and the Newbridge Hebrew Congregation was first listed in the Jewish Year Book in 1916.

Current Status:

Closed, probably in late 1920's


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Local Government:

From 1996 the county borough of Caerphilly a unitary authority.

1974 to 1996 the district (and borough) of Islwyn in the county of Gwent.

Until 1974   urban district of Abercarn in the county of Monmouthshire.

On-Line Articles

The Newbridge and District Jewish Community, a History of the Jews of Newbridge and District Community by Harold Pollins (initially published in the Gwent Local History)

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

Press Reports on the Newbridge & District Jewish Community (including Abercarn, Crosskeys, Crumlin and Llanhilleth) 1852-2004


Caerphilly Jewish Communities home page


Jewish Congregations in the former county of Monmouthshire

Jewish Congregations in Wales, according to current unitary authorities

Jewish Communities & Congregations in Wales home page

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