Belfast Hebrew Congregation

Belfast, Northern Ireland




Page created: 21 August 2005
Latest update or revision: 22 May 2017

Congregation Data

Official Name:

Belfast Hebrew Congregation


49 Somerton Road, Belfast BT15 3LH (consecrated 1964)

Previous Addresses:

Annesley Street, Carlisle Crescent, Belfast from 31 August 1904
(foundation stone laid 26 February 1904).

Prior thereto - Great Victoria Street from 1872 (foundation stone laid 7 July 1871), built at the expense of Mr. D. J. Jaffé(i)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

Founded by Mr. D. J. Jaffé in 1872 (although previously services were held in private homes from 1864).

Incorporated Congregation:

Belfast Regency Street Congregation (early twentieth century)


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Marriage Certification:

Appears in 1998 General Registrar Official List
Registration District: Belfast




Rev. Dr. Joseph Chotzner - from at least 1874 until at least 1896(ii)

Presidents of the Congregation:

1872 - D. J. Jaffé (iii)

1896 - Otto Jaffe (iv)

Membership Data:

1876 -  14 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1880 -  24 seatholders (Board of Deputies return

1890 -  42 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1896 -  70 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896-97)

1900 -  64 seatholders (Board of Deputies return); 78 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900-01)

1945 - 350 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1945-46)

1949 - 380 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1950)

1999 -   99  (Board of Deputies)


See Belfast Jewish Cemeteries Information on the Belfast home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Directory of 1874, compiled by Asher I. Myers.

  • (ii) Listed in both Jewish Directory of 1874 and Jewish Year Book of 1896.

  • (iii) D. J. Jaffé founded the Congregation, as President, in 1872. However in the Jewish Directory of 1874 he is referred to as the late D. J. Jaffé, and no one is named as President.

  • (iv) Jewish Year Book of 1896.


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Belfast Jewish Community home page

Belfast Jewish Community home page

Jewish Communities & Congregations in Northern Ireland



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