the former

Bargoed Hebrew Congregation

& Jewish Community

Bargoed, Caerphilly, Wales




Page created: 13 May 2006
Last revision or update: 13 March 2016

Town of Bargoed

Bargoed is a town with a population of about 13,000 situated in the Rhymney Valley in South East Wales. It lies about 18 miles north of Cardiff and 16 miles north-west of Newport, some 10 miles south of Merthyr Tydfil and about 10 miles southwest of Pontypridd.

Until 1974, Bargoed formed part of the urban district of Gelligaer in the old county of Glamorgan. From 1974 until 1996, it was part of the district of Rhymney Valley in the new county of Mid Glamorgan. In 1996, Mid Glamorgan was abolished as an administrative county, and the district became part of the county borough of Caerphilly - a unitary authority (initially such part of Caerphilly remaining within the purely ceremonial, or preserved, county of Mid Glamorgan, but in 2003 the entire county borough was placed in the ceremonial county of Gwent).

Bargoed Jewish Community

A Jewish community existed in Bargoed in early part of the twentieth century.

Congregation Data


Bargoed Hebrew Congregation

Date Founded:

Before 1916

Current Status:

Closed - joined New Tredegar Hebrew Congregation by 1930.


Appears in Jewish Year Books from at least 1916 to 1920.  In Jewish Year Book 1930, it refers to the congregation as having joined that of New Tredegar, and services held only on High Festivals.

However, according to the Jewish Chronicle article "How 'Greeners' Came to the Valley", Bargoed reputed boasted a regular minyan (prayer quorum), but had no synagogue, this does not appear to be the case as there are references in the Jewish Chronicle in at least 1915 and 1919 to a synagogue in the town. See Press reports.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery in Bargoed, the closest being in Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd, as well as Newport and Cardiff.


On-line Articles and Other Material
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Former Jewish Communities in the county borough of Caerphilly

Jewish Congregations in the former county of Glamorganshire

Jewish Congregations in Wales, listed according to current unitary authorities

Jewish Communities & Congregations in Wales home page



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