Belfast Hebrew Congregation

Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland




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Belfast Jewish Community

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). Situated in County Antrim, Belfast has a population of 275,000 within the city limits and 550,000 within the Greater Belfast area.

Belfast Jewish Community

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.

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The records in the database associated with Belfast include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

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).

Jewish Congregations

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

1895 -  2,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1896/7)
1909 -  2,700 (The Jewish Year Book 1910)
1915 -  3,500 (The Jewish Year Book 1916)
1944 -  3,500 (The Jewish Year Book 1945-6)
1946 -  5,211 (The Jewish Year Book 1947)
1955 -  5,200 (The Jewish Year Book 1956)
1965 -  3,600 (The Jewish Year Book 1966)
1975 -  2,800 (The Jewish Year Book 1976)
1976 -  2,100 (The Jewish Year Book 1977)
2004 -  1,790 (The Jewish Year Book 2005)
2006 -  1,500


Jewish Population Data


400 to 500  

 (1861 Census of Pop. of Ireland)
 (1871 Census of Pop. of Ireland)
 (1881 Census of Pop. of Ireland)
 (1891 Census of Pop. of Ireland)
 (The Jewish Year Book 1896)
 (1901 Census of Pop. 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

Other Belfast Jewish Information

Bibliography and other sources

Stone Inscriptions at Carnmoney Cemetery

Other Belfast Cemeteries Information - IAJGS Cemetery Project


Jewish Communities of Ireland home page

Explanations of Terms Used


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