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Jewish Communities and Congregations in Wales

Map of Wales (in Welsh: Cymru) showing every town that ever had a Jewish community and congregation.

List of Jewish Communities and Congregations
listed alphabetically according to town
(see below for listings by county or unitary authority)


Aberavon (see Port Talbot)

Abercarn (see Newbridge)

Aberdare(3) - Jewish Community & Synagogue

Abergavenny(1) - Jewish Community

Abertillery(3) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Ammanford(3) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Bangor(1,3,4,5,7)# - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Bargoed(3) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Barry(3) - Jewish Community & Barry Dock Hebrew Congregation

Blackwood & District - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Bridgend(3) - Jewish Community & Synagogue

Brynmawr(3,5,6) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Cardiff Jewish Community(1,5,6)

Beth Hamedresh

Cardiff Hebrew Congregation

Cardiff New Hebrew Congregation

Cardiff Reform Synagogue*(4,7)#

Cardiff United Synagogue*(4)

Marlborough Road Synagogue

Talmud Torah Congregation

Carmarthen(1) - Jewish Community

Colwyn Bay(7)# - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Crosskeys (see Newbridge)

Crumlin (see Newbridge)

Ebbw Vale(3,5) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Haverfordwest(1) - Jewish Community


Llandudno Jewish Community(3,4,5,7)# - including the following congregations:

Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Hebrew Congregation* (formerly Llandudno Hebrew Congregation); and
Second (World War II) congregation

Llanelli(1,3,4) - Jewish Community & Synagogue

Llanhilleth (see Newbridge)

Merthyr Tydfil(1,2,3,4,5,6) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Neath(1,5) - Jewish Community & Synagogue

Newbridge & District(3,5) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Newport(1,3) - Jewish Community & Synagogue

New Tredegar(3) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Penrhiwceiber - Jewish Community & Synagogue

Pontypool(1,5) - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Pontypridd(3,5) - Jewish Community & Synagogue

Porthcawl - Jewish Community & Hebrew Congregation

Port Talbot (incl. Aberavon)(3) - Jewish Community & Synagogue

Rhyl Jewish Community(3,5,7)# including the following congregations:

Rhyl & District Hebrew Congregation (early 20th century); and
Rhyl Hebrew Congregation (from WWII)

Swansea Jewish Community(1,2,3,5)

Swansea Beth Hamedrash

Swansea Hebrew Congregation*(2)

Tonypandy(3) - Jewish Community & Synagogue

Tredegar(3,5) - Jewish Community & Montefiore Centenary Synagogue

Treorchy - Jewish Community

Welshpool - Jewish Group*#

Wrexham Jewish Community(3,5,7)#
- including the following congregations:

Wrexham Hebrew Congregation (formerly Wrexham New Hebrew Congregation); and
Wrexham Old Hebrew Congregation

Ystalyfera - Jewish Community & Synagogue

*  An active congregation.

# Congregation pages recently fully reformatted, with expanded data.

(1) Community records (as listed) in All-UK Database

(2) Pages with their own searchable databases.

(3) Pages with press reports on the community.

(4) Pages with photographs.

(5) Pages with articles and other contributed material.  

(6) Pages with browsable lists.

(7) Pages listing ministers and/or officers.



Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database specifically associated with Wales include:


Merthyr Tydfil Cemetery, JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register (624 records)


Welsh Census Return 1851 and 1891 (1,800 records), with introduction and explanation.

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in cities or towns in Wales during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (12 records), 1810s (31 records), 1820s (81 records), 1830s (148 records), 1840s (199 records), 1850s (337 records), 1860s (192 records), 1870s (155 records), 1880s (90 records), 1890s (49 records), 1900s (26 records) and 1910s (1 record).


Online Articles and Other Material
relating generally to the Welsh Jewish Community


on third parties' websites

(Note: See relevant community home page for articles relating to a specific community)


Jewish Cemeteries in Wales

There were Jewish cemeteries in each of the following towns in Wales (for details see the relevant community home page).

(See also IAJGS International Jewish Cemeteries Project - Wales)

(See JOWBR (JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial) searching under "Wales")


Wales Jewish Population Data



(2001 Census results)



(2011 Census results)



(2021 Census results)

The above census result figures represent those who answered the voluntary question 'What is your religion?' by clicking the category 'Jewish' among the eight check-box options (another of which was 'No religion'). However, between 6.0% to 7.7% of the population nationally did not answer the question and the figure would not have included those who considered themselves Jews by ethnicity but not by religion, and accordingly the actual number of Jews would be higher than the figures shown.


Alternative Listings

Click below to view the following lists of congregations:


Page created by John Berman: 2002
Communities researched and page initially reformatted by David Shulman: 22 May 2005
Redesigned by Louise Messik: November 2011
Reformatted by David Shulman: May 2014
Page most recently amended: 3 May 2024



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