Cardiff United Synagogue

Cardiff, Wales




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A Photograph (taken in 2015) of the former Synagogue in Cathedral Road
(now Cardiff Temple Court serviced offices)


Congregation Data


Cardiff United Synagogue


Cyncoed Gardens, Cyncoed Road, Penylan, Cardiff CF23 5SL (from 2003)


Established in 1942,(i) by the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation and the Cardiff New Hebrew Congregation, who joined together to form a single united synagogal organisation, but with congregations initially at two different locations (until 1988).

Former Addresses:

1955 to 2003 - Brandreth Road, Penylan Ty Gwyn Road, Cardiff CF23 5LB (synagogue consecrated 9 January 1955)

Until 30 December 1988(ii) - Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA (this had been the synagogue of the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation since 1897).  The synagogue was designated a Grade II Listed Building (reference number 14107) on 20 December 1984 (amended 24 May 2002). View listing on the website of Cadw (Welsh Government’s historic environment service). Most of the building was demolished in the early 1990s, except the facade and rubble stone vestibule, to give way to an office block.

Until 1955 - Windsor Place, Cardiff (this had been the synagogue of the Cardiff New Hebrew Congregation since 1918)

Current Status:



A provincial synagogue under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi.


Ashkenazi Orthodox



Ministers (not complete list):

Cathedral Road Synagogue

Rev. Harris Jerevitch - 1908 to 1953.(iii)

Membership Data


1946 - 400 members at Cathedral Road Synagogue and 300 members at Windsor Place Synagogue(iv)

1999 - 230 (as reported by Board of Deputies)

National Reports and Surveys(v)

2010 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)


The Orthodox Community has two Jewish cemeteries - the Old Jewish Cemetery in Heathfield Road, Roath Park and the New Jewish Cemetery in Ely.

For details, see Cardiff Cemetery Information, which includes alinks to the JCR-UK Hosted Databases of both the Highfield Road Cemetery and the Ely Cemetery.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Cardiff Jewish Community records and papers, p.10 (listing of material deposited with the Glamorgan Records Office relating to the Community - Reference Code GB 0214 DJR - The National Archives).

  • (ii) Cardiff Jewish Community records and papers deposited with Glamorgan Records Office (see note (i) above) p.15.

  • (iii) Cardiff Jewish Community records and papers deposited with Glamorgan Records Office (see note (i) above) pp.1, 26. Rev Jarevitch was born in Russia.

  • (iv) The Jewish Year Book 1947.

  • (v) Reports on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010" and "...in 2016", published by BOD and JPR. Link to reports.


 Congregational & Marriage Records

Registration District (BDM):

Synagogue Archives:

The synagogue's archives are deposited with the Archivist, and are located at Mid Glamorgan County Hall, Museum Avenue, Central Cardiff.  Contact: Alan Liss, Community Historian. c/o Cardiff United Synagogue, Cyncoed Gardens.

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Page created: 1 May 2003
Latest revision or update: 24 September 2020

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