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Cork Jewish Community

City of Cork

Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) is the second largest city of the Republic of Ireland. The city is a major port, although situated slightly inland from Ireland’s southern coast proper, sitting on the estuary of the river Lee where it flows into Lough Mahon and thence to Cork Harbour. Although geographically part of County Cork, the city of Cork has a separate administration, and was officially referred to as a “County Borough” until 2001, when the term was formally replace by “City”.  Although the city has a population of about 120,000, there are well over 185,000 living in the Greater Cork area.

The Cork Jewish Community

The first Jews to settle to in Cork, were a small community of Sephardi Jews from Portugal in mid eighteenth century (some sources refer to 1772, other as early as 1733). Relatively little is known of this community and it not certain whether they established a synagogue, although if they did, it was likely to be close to their burial ground, which was discovered in Kemp Street, at the rear of the current Cork Synagogue. This community appears to have died out after a short while as a result of intermarriage.

The current Jewish community owes its origins to a group of Ashkenazi Jews who arrived from the town of Yakmyan in the Kovno region of Lithuania in the 1890's.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that are known to exist or to have existed in Cork:

Articles on the Cork Jewish Community

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Cork by Cecil Roth, 1950. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Nobody Visits Synagogue Now - Vebrant Jewish Community in Irish City of Cork has Dwindled Away,
 article by John Corr in the Seattle Times, August 26, 1990.

Press Reports relating to the Cork Jewish Community 1876 - 1945

Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1906)



(The Jewish Year Book 1920)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1955)



(The Jewish Year Book 1959)



(The Jewish Year Book 1965)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)


Two families and some scattered Jews in surrounding countryside (Cork Hebrew Congregation's website)

Other Cork Jewish Information

The entrance gates to the Cork Jewish Cemetery in Curraghkippane
© David Shulman 2014

Cork Cemetery Information - IAJGS Cemetery Project


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