Belfast Jewish Community
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 the six counties of Northern Ireland and three counties of the Irish Republic). Historically 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 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.
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