the former

Pontypridd Synagogue

and Jewish Community

Pontypridd, Rhondda-Cynon-Taf, South Wales



Page created: 23 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 21 September 2016

Town of Pontypridd

Pontypridd, with a population of about 32,000, is a town situated on the river Taff at the junction with the river Rhondda in South Wales. It is situated about 21 north-west of Cardiff.

Until 1974, Pontypridd formed the urban district of Pontypridd in the then county of Glamorganshire. From 1974 until 1996, it was part of the district of Taff-Ely in the new county of Mid Glamorgan. Since 1996, it has formed part of the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf - a unitary authority (within the ceremonial, or preserved, county of Mid Glamorgan).

Pontypridd Jewish Community

The Jewish community dates back to at least the 1840s and the Jewish congregation continued into the 1970s. The Jewish community was one of very few in South Wales that had its own cemetery.

Congregation Data


Pontypridd Synagogue


Cliff Terrace, Treforest (Wood Road), Pontypridd, CF37


Congregation founded 1867 (G. Alderman "Into the Vortex" p.2)Synagogue consecrated 1895 - (Article from The Jewish Chronicle of 25 October 1895)

Current Status:

Closed 1978. According to The Jewish Chronicle, 27 January 1978, p.8:
"Pontypridd Hebrew Congregation, founded 1867, has been dissolved and the synagogue premises sold. Torah scrolls have been sent to Birmingham and Israel. The few remaining families have joined the Cardiff community or retired to other areas."

The building is now private apartments.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Membership Data:

1873 - 18 seatholders  (Board of Deputies Return)

1880 -   6 seatholders  (Board of Deputies Return)

1895 - 23 seatholders  (The Jewish Year Book 1896/7)

1899 - 20 seatholders  (Board of Deputies Return)

1900 - 35 seatholders  (The Jewish Year Book 1900/01); 13 seatholders  (Board of Deputies Return)


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Pontypridd Jewish Community



Other Pontypridd Jewish Institutions & Organisations

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew School, Wood Road (founded by 1896*)

* As listed in the Jewish Year Books 1896 and 1900.


Pontypridd Jewish Cemetery Information

Pontypridd had its own Jewish cemetery:

  • Glyntaff Cemetery, Jewish Section, Cemetery Road, Glyntaff, Pontypridd, CF37.  The earliest burials were in 1894. Burials still carried out for former members of the now closed congregation.

(For additional information, see also IAJGS International Jewish Cemeteries Project - Pontypridd)


Pontypridd Jewish Population Data


3 families

(Article by H Pollins)



(The Jewish Year Book 1895/6)



(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)

Former Jewish Communities in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf home page

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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