Belfast Jewish Community

Belfast, Northern Ireland




Page created: 24 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 26 December 2016

The City of Belfast

The city of Belfast (Béal Feirste in Irish) is the capital of Northern Ireland and the largest city in the Irish province of Ulster (which comprises Northern Ireland and three counties of the Irish Republic). Belfast has a population of 275,000 within the city limits and 550,000 within the Greater Belfast area. The City of Belfast is one of the eleven local government districts into which Northern Ireland has been divided since 2015. Belfast was granted city status (and became a county borough) in 1888. Geographically, it straddles County Antrim and County Down, two of the six former counties of Northern Ireland (which are now purely traditional counties, no longer with administrative authority).

The Jewish Community of Belfast

Although there was reference to a Jewish community in Belfast in 1771, the present community dates from about 1864. There were no other Jewish communities in Northern Ireland, apart from small communities (no longer extant) in Londonderry and Lurgan.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Belfast:


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The records in the database associated with Belfast include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Belfast during the 1840s (5 records), 1850s (7 records), 1860s (4 records), 1870s (4 records), 1880s (3 records), 1890s (2 records) and 1900s (2 records).


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Belfast Jewish Community


On third party's website


Other Belfast Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew and Religious Classes (founded 1893)

  • Regent Street Hebrew National School (founded 1898)

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Belfast Jewish Board of Guardians (founded 1893) to assist resident Jewish poor and strangers.

  • Hebrew Foreign Ladies' Benefit Society (founded 1896)

  • Hebrew Society for Visiting the Sick.

  • Literary and Social Society

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900.


Belfast Jewish Cemeteries Information

Belfast has the following Jewish cemeteries:

  • Belfast City Cemetery, Jewish Section, Falls Road, Belfast BT12. This was the first Jewish cemetery in cemetery, opened in 1869, the first burial being in 1873.

  • Carmoney Jewish Cemetery, Church Road, Carmoney Hill, Newton Abbey, BT36. The second Jewish cemetery for Belfast, situated in a rural setting.  It was opened in 1912 and remains in use:

(for additional information, see also IAJGS - International Jewish Cemetery Project - Northern Ireland)


Belfast Jewish Population Data



(1861 Census of Population of Ireland)



(1871 Census of Population of Ireland)



(1881 Census of Population of Ireland)



(1891 Census of Population of Ireland)


400 to 500

(The Jewish Year Book 1896/97)



(1901 Census of Population of Ireland)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1949)



(The Jewish Year Book 1950)



(The Jewish Year Book 1955)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

* for all of Northern Ireland

Jewish Communities & Congregations in Northern Ireland


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