The Merthyr Tydfil Jewish Cemetery was established circa 1865 and was extended in 1935. It served the Jewish communities in the locality of Merthyr Tydfil and
Dowlais where the mining and iron industries employed Russian, Romanian and Polish Jews in addition to the mercantile families who worked as shop-keepers,
jewellers, clothiers etc... in the rapidly growing industrial communities. A small brick prayer house (Ohel) was built circa 1898 and now houses plaques from
the former Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue. Click here to view the plaques and memorial boards.
This database brings together data from various sources (see acknowledgements below) to provide a virtual cemetery which includes details of burial locations
(with GPS coordinates) together with the corresponding headstone images.
It covers all burials, up to and including the final burial of George Black in March 1999. In total there are 679 identified burials, of which there
are 419 identified burial locations and 415 headstone images.
Information for any individual may be displayed by first selecting the appropriate surname letter
from the list below and then selecting the required name from its corresponding
drop-down list. Navigation to the next or previous burial plot in the
Section/Row is achieved by clicking the appropriate link on the individual
burial page. Note that the final section of the drop-down list covers all of the burials for which
the grave locations have not been identified.
The overall layout of the Merthyr Tydfil Jewish Cemetery, showing the start of each row, can be viewed here.
Grave locations (accurate to about a metre) can be displayed on a Google
satellite image via the button provided on the burial page for each identified burial location.
This database has been created through the efforts of Alan Tobias with the support of Tony Blasebalk. It is based upon the records and images of the
Merthyr Tydfil Jewish Cemetery at Cefn Coed, which were passed on to Tony Blasebalk by the late Alun Jones. Full permission to utilise these records
and images has been granted by Merthyr Tydfil Family History Branch and the Glamorgan Family History Society (on behalf of Jean and the late Alun Jones)
and is gratefully acknowledged. It is noted that the "Public" burial list provided by the late Alun Jones was compiled from data supplied by Mrs J Whitten,
Wendy Bellany and Muriel David.
JCR-UK Webmaster - David Shulman.
Permission to reproduce images taken by Lee Benough (Findagrave.com) is also gratefully acknowledged.
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