the former

Ebbw Vale Hebrew Congregation

and Jewish Community

Ebbw Vale, Blaneau Gwent, South Wales



Page created: 23 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 13 March 2016

Town of Ebbw Vale

Ebbw Vale is a town in the Welsh Valleys with a population of about 24,000. It is located at the head of the Ebbw valley and is about 1,000 feet above sea level. It lies approximately 32 miles north of Cardiff, some 14 miles east of Merthyr Tydfil and 9 miles south of Brawmawr.

Until 1974, Ebbw Vale formed the urban district of Ebbw Vale in the then 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 of Blaenau Gwent in the new county of Gwent. In 1996, Gwent was abolished as an administrative county, and the district became the county borough of Blaenau Gwent - a unitary authority (within the ceremonial, or preserved, county of Gwent).

Ebbw Vale Jewish Community

It appears that the first Jews began to settle in Ebbw Vale by the 1880's, although the first Jewish congregation would appear to have been established only after 1900.

Congregation Data


Ebbw Vale Hebrew Congregation

Date Founded:

The Congregation was established by 1906 (when there is reference to the Ebbw Vale Synagogue). The Synagogue was consecrated on 29 December 1911 (as reported in the Jewish Chronicle).

Current Status:

Closed. The synagogue closed and the community became defunct in 1929 and the synagogue has since been demolished.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Registration Districts:

1 July 1861 - Bedwellty

1 April 1974 - Blaenau Gwent

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemetery in Ebbw Vale, the closest being in Brynmawr and Merthyr Tydfil.


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



Ebbw Vale Jewish Population Data

1934 80

(The Jewish Year Book 1935)

(For population details for earlier periods, see History)

Former Jewish Communities in the county borough of Blaenau Gwent home page

Jewish Congregations in the former county of Monmouthshire

Jewish Congregations in Wales, listeed according to current unitary authorities

Jewish Communities & Congregations in Wales home page


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