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'Jewish community dwindling in south Wales'

A senior member of the Jewish community in south Wales says within 20 years the group will dwindle to nothing as people are moving away when they marry.

Alan Schwartz, chair of the south Wales Jewish Representative Community, says formerly strong congregations in Newport and Swansea have been getting smaller.

And he estimates the population in south Wales has dropped from 6,000 in the early 1900s to the biggest congregation of about 500 remaining in Cardiff.

His sentiments have been echoed by an academic researching Jewish diasporas.

Dr Nathan Abrams explains that, traditionally, Jewish people "cluster" in communities where there are greater numbers like communities in London and Manchester.

Charlotte Dubenskij reports

  • 29 Sep 2011
  • From the section Wales