the former

Treorchy Jewish Community

Treorchy, Rhondda-Cynon-Taf, South Wales



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Town of Treorchy

Treorchy is a village/town situated in the Rhondda Fawr Valley in South Wales, lying about 22 miles north-west of Cardiff, some 4 miles to the northwest of Tonypandy.

From 1894 to 1897, Treorchy was in the urban district of Ystradyfodwg in the county of Glamorganshire. From 1897 to 1974, it was in the urban district (from 1955 municipal borough) of Rhondda, in the county of Glamorganshire. From 1974 until 1996, it was part of the district of Rhondda 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).

Treorchy Jewish Community

The small Jewish community appear to have existed in Treorchy at the end of the nineteenth century.

Congregation Data


The town would not appear to have had a formally constituted congregation.

However the Jewish Chronicle of 15 October 1897 reported that:

"TREORCHY. Through the exertions of Mr. Charles Tanchan, the President, and Mr. B. Love, the Secretary, the hall of the Public Library was secured and services held during the New Year and Yom Kippur"

In addition, there is a note in the Jewish Year Book of 1898 that public services were held in Treorchy on the High Holidays. However, there is no reference to the town in later editions of the Jewish Year Book.


Presumably Ashkenazi Orthodox

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery in Treorchy, the closest being in Pontypridd.


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Treorchy Jewish Community


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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