the former

Jewish Communities in
Rhondda Cynon Taf

South Wales




JCR-UK is a genealogical and historical website covering all Jewish communities and
congregations throughout the British Isles and Gibraltar, both past and present.

County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf

The western part of the valleys of south Wales, including the urban districts of Aberdare, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd and Rhondda, were part of the old county of Glamorganshire. In 1974, as a result of reorganization of local government in Wales, these areas became part of the districts of Rhondda, Cynon Valley and Taff-Ely, three of the six districts of the newly-formed county of Mid Glamorgan. In 1996, the administrative status of Mid Glamorgan was abolished and these areas were merged into the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, a unitary authority.

The Welsh Valleys were traditional mining areas and most of the towns of the region were built up in the second half on the nineteenth century when "coal was king".  With the decline of the coal industry and the accompanying steel industry, commencing in the 1930's, many of the towns become economically depressed.

Jewish Communities in Rhondda Cynon Taf

From the 1870's, new Jewish communities sprung up across the Valleys, those in the western sector being situated in Merthyr Tydfil (discussed separately) and towns now located in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are now very few Jews left in the region.

The Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that existed in what is now Rhondda Cynon Taf:

Jews also settled in a number of other towns and villages in the area, but are not known to have established an organized congregation.


On-line Articles relating to the Welsh Valleys Jewish Communities


  • How 'Greeners' Came to the Valley' - an article by Michael Wallach, which appeared in the Jewish Chronicle Colour Magazine in 1975 and makes reference to many of the Communities in South Wales.


Community Records

  • Register Office (for BMD): Registers currently held by Rhondda Cynon Taf Register Office in Pontypridd.

    • Any registers from previous register offices would now be held by current register office.

    • Register Office website


Jewish Cemetery Information

The following is only Jewish cemetery in Rhondda Cynon Taf:

For other Rhondda Cynon Taf Jewish Information
see under individual congregation pages

Jewish Congregations in the former county of Glamorganshire

Jewish Congregations in Wales, according to current unitary authorities

Jewish Communities & Congregations in Wales home page

Page created: 7 May 2006
Latest revision or update: 9 December 2019

Explanation of Terms   |   About JCR-UK  |   JCR-UK home page

Contact JCR-UK Webmaster:
(Note: This is to contact JCR-UK, not the above Community or Congregation)

JGSGB  JewishGen

Terms and Conditions, Licenses and Restrictions for the use of this website:

This website is owned by JewishGen and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. All material found herein is owned by or licensed to us. You may view, download, and print material from this site only for your own personal use. You may not post material from this site on another website without our consent. You may not transmit or distribute material from this website to others. You may not use this website or information found at this site for any commercial purpose.

Copyright © 2002 - 2024 JCR-UK. All Rights Reserved