Belfast Jewish Community
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 the six counties of northern Ireland and three counties of the Irish Republic). Situated in County Antrim, Belfast has a population of 275,000 within the city limits and 550,000 within the Greater Belfast area.
Although there was 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.
The following Congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Belfast Community:
Articles on the Belfast Jewish Community
Belfast from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain" - Papers for a conference at University College, London, convened by the Jewish Historical Society of Great Britain, prepared by Aubrey Newman - 6th July 1975. Reproduced here with his kind consent..
Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Belfast by Joseph Jacobs, c-1906.
Press Reports relating to the Belfast Jewish Community, 1869 to 1876
Jewish Population Data
* for all of Northern Ireland
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