Ebbw Vale Hebrew Congregation

and Jewish Community

Ebbw Vale, Blaneau Gwent, South Wales



Page created: 23 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 12 November 2015

Congregation Data


Ebbw Vale Hebrew Congregation

Town Location:

Ebbw Vale is a town in the Welsh Valleys with a population of about 24,000. It is located at the head of the Ebbw valley and is about 1,000 feet above sea level.

Date Formed:

It appears that the first Jews began to settle in Ebbw Vale by the 1880's. The Congregation was established some time later and certainly by 1906 (when there is reference to the Ebbw Vale Synagogue). The Synagogue was consecrated on 29 December 1911 (as reported in the Jewish Chronicle).

Current Status:

The synagogue closed and the community became defunct in 1929 and the synagogue has since been demolished.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Local Government Districts:

From 1996 - the county borough of Blaenau Gwent - a unitary authority.

1974 to 1996 - the district of Blaenau Gwent in the county of Gwent.

Until 1974 - the urban district of Ebbw Vale in the county of Monmouthshire.

Registration Districts:

1 July 1861 - Bedwellty

1 April 1974 - Blaenau Gwent

On-Line Articles

Jews of Ebbw Vale and District a History of the
Ebbw Vale Jewish Community by Harold Pollins

Press Reports relating to the Ebbw Vale Jewish Community
compiled by Harold Pollins

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

Jewish Population Data

1934  -  80  (The Jewish Year Book 1935)

(For population details for earlier periods, see History)


Blaenau Gwent 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

Explanation of Terms Used



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