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Town of Lurgan
Lurgan (An Lorgain in Irish), a town in Northern
Ireland with a population of approximately 25,000, is situated near
the southern shore of Lough Neagh, approximately 18 miles southwest
of Belfast. Since 2015, it has been part of the District of Armagh,
Banbridge and Craigavon and, from 1973 to 2015, was within the
former Borough of Craigavon. Prior to 1973, it formed the Urban
District of Lurgan within County Armagh, one of the six counties of
Northern Ireland (which are now purely traditional counties, no
longer with administrative authority).
Lurgan Jewish Community
The town of Lurgan had a small Jewish community
and congregation from the early years of the twentieth century which
was dissolved in the 1920s.
However, in 1941, Jewish services were again held in Lurgan by families from the Belfast Jewish community who had been evacuated
to the town following the Belfast blitz. A hall for worship was provided by the local
Lurgan Hebrew Congregation
49 North Street, Lurgan from at least 1916(ii)
Founded in about 1903. The earliest known report of the community relates to the High Holydays 1903, when "the joint communities of Lurgan and Newry"
held services at the home of J. Hamel which was fitted up as a temporary synagogue. Services were conducted by Rev. N. Trupp.
At a meeting held shortly afterwards it was decided the community should
buy a Sefer Torah.(iii)
Closed in about 1926 - in October 1926 the community was described as "recently dissolved". Two
Sifrei Torah were presented to the Belfast Jewish community.(iv)
However, in 1941, Jewish services were again held in Lurgan by families from the Belfast Jewish community who
had been evacuated to the town following the Belfast blitz. A hall for worship was provided by the local military authorities.
Orthodox - Ashkenazi
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There were no ministers listed for the congregation. However in small
communities, the congregation's Reader (Cantor / Chazan) generally
performed many of the functions of a minister and was frequently an
authorised shochet and/or mohel.
Rev. Joseph Blachman
- from about 1909 until about 1915(vii)
Rev. Salem Turtledove
- From about 1914 until about 1918(viii)
1904-1911 - Joseph Herbert(xii)
1906-19?? - N. Lazarus(xiii)
1911-1913 - D. Lewis(xiv)
1913-1915 - L. Rosenberg(xv)
1915-1917 - Joseph Herbert
1917-1925 - J. Kantor
1904-1911 - N. Trupps
1911-1913 - P. Isaacson
1913-1915 - J. Bernstein
1915-1918 - Rev. Salem Turtledove(viii)
1904-1913 - Isaac Mathews
1913-1915 - Joseph Herbert
1915-1917 - J. Kantor
1917-1925 - Robert Robinson
There was no Jewish cemetery in Lurgan. The
only Jewish cemeteries in what is now Northern Ireland are in Belfast.
For details, see
Belfast Jewish Cemeteries Information
on the Belfast home page.
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Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Lurgan Jewish Community
on third parties' websites
Lurgan Jewry by Stanley Shapiro, Belfast Jewish Record,
April 1961, p. 2 on the Queen's University Belfast Special Collections website.
'Lurgan' (article entitled "The Minyan Rooms") on the Northern Ireland
Jewish Heritage Map website, affiliated to JCR-UK.
100 Years of Jewry in Ulster by Steven Jaffe, Belfast Jewish Record, September 1989, pp. 9-11
on the Queen's University Belfast Special Collections website.
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Page created: 12 June 2006
Data significantly expanded and
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Research by David Shulman and Steven Jaffe
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