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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.
The following are the Jewish congregations known to have existed in Cork:
Articles on the Cork Jewish Community
Jewish Community - Small in Size, Grand in Spirit by Marlena
Nobody Visits Synagogue Now - Vebrant Jewish Community in Irish City of Cork has
Other Cork Jewish Information
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