Cardiff Jewish Community

South Glamorgan, Wales




Page created: 18 December 2019
Latest general update: 26 October 2020
Latest revision or modification: 30 September 2022

Cardiff Ely Orthodox Jewish Cemetery


In the early 1960s, it became apparent that the original Orthodox Jewish cemetery in Highfield Road, Roath Park (see Highfield Road Jewish Cemetery, including database) was not large enough to accommodate the needs of the growing Cardiff United Synagogue (CUS) congregation which reached its peak of approximately 3,800 individuals in about 1968.

A piece of land on Greenfarm Road, Ely, Cardiff (adjoining the civic Western Cemetery at Cowbridge Road, Ely) was purchased by CUS and consecrated as the second (or New) Orthodox Jewish Cemetery in 1968, since when it has been in use. The cemetery, complete with its own ohel and facilities, has a gate and entrance separate from the civic cemetery in Ely.

Pre-burial preparations are carried out by the Cardiff Chevra Kaddishah in a custom built mortuary at the new Cardiff United Synagogue building in Penylan, Cardiff. Recently, CUS has also been providing Taharah services for the Newport and Swansea Jewish communities.

The initial numbering of the burial rows and plots at Ely cemetery was not ideal and, over the years, this has been changed on several occasions, thereby creating confusion. In this current exercise, some graves have been renumbered in the records in order to form a continuous database and to make the addition of photographs easier in the online database. This, of course, does not affect the actual position of any particular marked grave, but helps considerably in locating it.

Details of all known burials in this cemetery are provided in this database, together with images of all legible and partially legible headstones. It covers all burials and consecrations from 1968 to 12 November 2019 (comprising nearly 970 burials and approximately 820 headstone images). A plan of the cemetery layout can be found here

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Acknowledgements: These cemetery records are provided through a Project coordinated by Anthony Blasebalk, chairman of the Cardiff Chevrah Kaddishah.
Grants were provided by the C.U.S. Council and also by Pencare, a charity formed after the Penylan Nursing and Retirement Home was sold. Many thanks are due to Lisa Gerson and Judy Cotsen, respective Chairpersons of these organisations, for their help and co-operation, to Philip Stewart, Dr. Joel Levy and Gina Marks for headstone images, to Avril Blasebalk for her invaluable support, correlating and typing, and to the many volunteers who transcribed the cemetery records and digitised them.
Finally, thanks to Alan Tobias for assembly of this on-line database for JCR-UK. Webmaster - David Shulman. (The GPS enhancements were developed by Alan and Derek Tobias.)

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