the former

Newbridge Hebrew Congregation

& Newbridge & District Jewish Community

Caerphilly, South Wales




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

Town of Newbridge

Newbridge (Trecelyn in Welsh) is a small town situated on the river Ebbw in South East Wales. It lies about 21 miles north-east of Cardiff and 14 miles north-west of Newport, some 6 miles west of Pontypool.

Until 1974, Newbridge formed part of the urban district of Abercarn in the old county of Monmouthshire (which in many instances was then considered part of England and not Wales). From 1974 until 1996, it was part of the district (and borough) of Islwyn in the new county of Gwent. In 1996, Gwent was abolished as an administrative county, and the district became part of the county borough of Caerphilly - a unitary authority (within the purely ceremonial, or preserved, county of Gwent).

Newbridge Jewish Community

A small Jewish community existed in Newbridge in early part of the twentieth century, with Jewish communal activity appearing to have commence in about 1905. The community had a minister for a short period - Rev. Philip Freedman, 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.

Congregation Data


Newbridge Hebrew Congregation

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


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:

The 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 1920s


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery in Newbridge, the closest was probably in Newport and Cardiff


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Former Jewish Communities in the county borough of Caerphilly

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