Closure of Swansea Hebrew synagogue

September 3, 2009

Guests travelled from as far afield as Canada and Israel for a reunion to mark the closure of Swansea Hebrew Congregation’s synagogue.

Organising committee member Jackie Factor was “delighted and amazed” by the 180 turnout.

With less than 20 active members, the community has sold its building to the Lifepoint church group. From November, it will rent a small hall in the premises to continue services.

Linden Rees, who emigrated to Toronto 35 years ago, said the reunion had been “a homecoming. Although our shul will close, it will live on in our hearts.” The congregation dates back to 1730. The first shul was constructed in Goat Street in 1780. It was destroyed in a German air raid, after which the community relocated to the current Ffynone Street location.

Last updated: 3:09pm, October 9 2009