History of Jews in Ireland

The People of the Book on the Emerald Isle.

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Jewish Community Today

The Jewish population peaked at approximately 5,500 in the late 1940s, and today there are an estimated 1,790 Jews in the Republic and about 365 in Northern Ireland. The remaining community is shrinking, and the past twenty years has seen many Jewish buildings sold or closed, and are now used for other purposes. There are three Jewish congregations left in Dublin--two Orthodox and one Progressive. There are also Orthodox congregations in Belfast and Cork, although the Cork community only holds services on the High Holy Days.

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Tamar Fox

Tamar Fox is an associate editor at MyJewishLearning.com. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Vanderbilt University, and a BA from the University of Iowa. She has worked as the editor of the religion blog at Jewcy.com. She spent a summer as a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, and was a Senior Apprentice Artist for four years at Gallery 37 in Chicago.