South Wales Jewry
in Victorian Britain
(Tredegar & Treorchy)




Extract from papers on
Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain

Papers prepared by Dr. (later Prof.) Aubrey Newman for a conference at University College, London, convened on 6 July 1975 by the Jewish Historical Society of England
(Reproduced here with Prof. Newman's kind consent)

Paper first published on JCR-UK: 18 March 2018
Latest revision: 24 August 2018

Papers on South Wales

TREDEGAR (South Wales)

Published Data


Synagogue (Temporary) Queen Street. This congregation was founded two years ago by a few Jews then resident in Tredegar and the surrounding neighbourhood, but the congregation was only formally established in the beginning of 1873 when the Rev. S. Shyman offered his services gratuitously as Reader and Shochet. The congregation numbers 15 members. The number of Jews living in Tredegar about 60.

Tredegar Hebrew Benevolent Society. This society was founded in the latter part of 1873 for the purpose of affording relief to Jewish poor residents, strangers, etc.


Jewish population, 102. 1900 - 2 marriages, 3 deaths.

Synagogue, Morgan Street. (Founded 1870, re- organised 1884) Seatholders 20. The annual income is 100.

Branch of the Orphan Aid and Poor Aid Society (founded 1890 and 1893 respectively). To relieve the Jewish itinerant poor, 80 persons relieved per annum by voluntary subscriptions.

Hebrew Classes (founded 1880). 25 children attend these classes, (10 boys, 10 girls, and 5 infants.)

[a - The Jewish Directory for 1874, by Asher I. Myers]
[b - Jewish Year Book]


Board of Deputies returns

  births marriages burials seatholders





















Tredegar Jewish Community and Congregation home page



The [Jewish] Year Book notes in 1898 that 'Public services held on the High Holidays'; there is no entry in 1901.

Treorchy Jewish Community home page



Introduction to Papers on South Wales and Conference Paper by Geoffrey Alderman

Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain - List of Contents

Formatted by David Shulman


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