The Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Congregation

& Jewish Community

Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales



Page created: 25 May 2003
Latest revision or update: 26 November 2013

Site of Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue, built 1872-7

Town of Merthyr Tydfil

The town of Merthyr Tydfil (also spelled Merthyr Tudful), with a population of about 55,000, is located on the river Taff in the centre of the valleys of south Wales.

Merthyr Tydfil Jewish Community

Merthyr once had a large and prosperous Jewish community dating from at least the 1820's. The descendants of the 19th and 20th century community now are scattered. The last Jew living in Merthyr, George Black, died in Manchester around 1998.

Congregation Data

The Merthyr Tydfil community had the following congregation:


Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Congregation


Church Street, Thomas Town, Merthyr Tydfil

Former Address:

Victoria Street, Merthyr Tydfil

Date Founded:


Synagogue Built:

(in 1955 - reconstructed and dedicated - article in Merthyr Express)
(in 2009 - to be turned into flats - article in South Wales Echo)

Current Status:



Ashkenazi Orthodox

Membership Data:

1900 - 27 seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)

Local Government:

From 1996 - the county borough of Merthyr Tydfil - a unitary authority.

1974 to 1996 - the district of Merthyr Tydfil in the county of Mid Glamorgan.

1908 to 1974 - the county borough of Merthyr Tydfil in the county of Glamorganshire.


Search the Database

The records in the database associated with Merthyr Tydfil include:


Merthyr Tydfil Cemetery, JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register (624 records, searching under Wales).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Merthyr Tydfil during the 1820s (1 record), 1830s (14 records), 1840s (22 records), 1850s (73 records), 1860s (21 records), 1870s (12 records) and 1880s (4 records).

Articles of the Merthyr Tydfil Jewish Community

How 'Greeners' Came to the Valleys. Wallach, M., reproduced from the Jewish Chronicle Colour Magazine, 1975.

The Jews of Merthyr Tydfil. Wendy Bellany, reproduced from Shemot (JGSGB), September 2001.

Newspaper Articles relating to the Merthyr Tydfil Jewish Community, 1847 - 2009

Personal Encounters of Dora Rees, nee Bernstein


Merthyr Tydfil Cemetery Information

Merthyr Jewish Cemetery - a poem written and read by Grahame Davies (published in his anthology,
"The Chosen  People - Wales and the Jews"
), with pictures contributed by Wendy Bellany.

IAJGS Cemetery Project - Merthyr Tydfil Cemetery


Other Merthyr Tydfil Jewish Information

Jewish Population Data







First Jewish settlement.

(The Jewish Year Book 1935)

(The Jewish Year Book 1947)


Jewish Congregations in the former county of Glamorganshire

Jewish Congregations in Wales, according to current unitary authorities

Jewish Communities & Congregations in Wales home page

Explanation of Terms Used



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