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Irish Jewish Museum, Dublin

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The Irish Jewish Museum is a small museum located in the once highly Jewish populated area of Portobello, around the South Circular Road, Dublin 8, dedicated to the history of the Irish Jewish community.The museum was opened in June 1985 by Chaim Herzog who was then president of Israel and was born in Ireland. The museum is in a former Synagogue built in 1917 in two adjoining terraced house on Walworth Road, off the South Circular Road. The surrounding area, known as Portobello, was previously a Jewish area, however, the large scale emigration that affected Ireland in the 1950s had a particularly strong effect on the Jewish population; there was also a migration to the suburbs and Dublin's main synagogue is now in Terenure. The synagogue is preserved, there are also artifacts on display and the museum houses genealogical records.Contents and displaysThe Museum contains a substantial collection of memorabilia relating to the Irish Jewish communities and their various associations and contributions to present day Ireland. The material relates to the last 150 years and is associated with the communities of Belfast, Cork, Derry, Drogheda, Dublin, Limerick and Waterford.
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  • This museum is located a bit south of the main area but well worth the search. Upstairs is an old synagogue and downstairs an excellent display of material. The folk here are passionate and very keen ...  more »
  • We had a very interesting and informative tour from Gerry and Debbie and they answered all our questions. I had never been to a synagogue before and it really brought to life what I've read on Judaism...  more »
  • Firstly I never knew about the Irish Jewish population so this museum was a wonderful surprise. It did a great job of highlighting the history of the community and showcasing the lifestyle they had. I...  more »
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  • There are not many Jews in Ireland and in Dublin, and there is only one Jewish museum in Dublin -- but it is a very nice museum. It is packed with valuable and very well preserved exhibits, it is managed and maintained by very kind and knowledgeable people. There is even the synagogue on the first floor. Definitely worth seeing!
  • Very interesting history. Well presented
  • We really enjoyed our visit here. It's good to read about the museum first-at it's website. It's also a bit sad, as there is very little in tends of Jewish-Irish community. Surprisingly, I found a picture of my father hanging in the museum. He was a renown professor of Jewish folklore and must have visited the community and lecture there (I guess sometimes in the 1980s).
  • It was okay because the tour was good but the place was small
  • A place to know about Jewish community and their history in Ireland. Quiet and serene atmosphere.