Swansea Hebrew Congregation

Swansea Synagogue


Former Address: Goat Street, Swansea (rebuilt 1859; destroyed in a German air raid in February 1941)
Ritual: Ashkenazi Orthodox
Status: Closed

Date Founded: 1780 (building of first synagogue) Also Incorporates: Former Swansea Beth Hemedrash, and former Llanelli and Port Talbot congregations.

Swansea Hebrew Congregation was the oldest Jewish community in Wales

Swansea Congregation history
Photographs of Swansea Synagogue are also documented on the website of the Royal Commission on historical monuments of Wales

Royal Commission: Swansea Synagogue
A video of Swansea Jewish Community from 1909 onwards


  1. Mark Griffiths

    Good morning,

    My name is Mark and I am an award winning photographer based in Cardiff. I have photographed for a number of national publications (The Telegraph Magazine, The Smith Journal, Financial Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 etc) and exhibited work around the world.

    I am looking to photograph Jewish evacuees based in Wales for a new project and was hoping you could possibly put me in touch with willing participants?

    The work would be a portraiture project which would explain the plight of each individual and their family during the second world war and their journey to Wales.

    I will be using local community centres to set up a portable studio and would need no more than 20 minutes with each individual. It would also be an excellent opportunity for the local community to integrate with each other as well as educating generations about the holocaust and evacuees.

    Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you,


  2. Gadiel Schatz

    My name is Gadiel Schatz (or Shatz). I live in Israel and am a distant relative of the following people who lived in South Wales, presumably in Swansea, at the turn of the 20th century. I refer to Israel Benjamin Shatz who later emigrated to San Francisco and to Meyer (or Meir) Schatz (or Shatz) who was the brother of Prof. Boris Schatz, founder of the Bezalel Art academy in Jerusalem.
    I would be very thankful for any information, documents or pictures related to these persons and/or their relatives as far as you may have.
    Best regards,
    Gadiel Schatz.

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