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Saintfield (Tamhnaigh Naomh in Irish, meaning 'Field of Saints'), a village in Northern
Ireland with a population of just over 3,000, is situated some 15 miles south
of Belfast. Since 2015, it has been part of the District of
Newry, Mourne and Down and, from 1973 to 2015, it was within the
former District of Down. Prior to 1973, it was in County Down, one of the six counties of
Northern Ireland (which are now purely traditional counties, no
longer with administrative authority).
The Jewish Community in Saintfield
Following the evacuation,
primarily to London, of most of Gibraltar's civilian population during the World War II,
in July 1944 thousands of these evacuees were moved from London to a number of emergency camps
situated throughout Northern Ireland.
One of these camps, Camp 4, at Saintfield, County Down, was known as the Jewish camp, as included some 300 Gibraltarian Jews,
who established those institutions needed to maintain the community, including a
For further details of the Jewish community at the Saintfield Camp, search
'Gibraltar' or 'Saintfield' on the
Jewish Heritage Map, affiliated to JCR-UK. (i)
The synagogue in Camp 4, Saintfield, County Down, was founded by
the evacuated Gibraltarian Jews in July 1944 following their move to Northern
Ireland from London. Sabbath services were held in the Reflectory, a
large Nissen hut used for general recreational purposes.
The camp closed in about 1947
(To view a short profile of a leader
whose name appears in blue, hold the cursor over his name.)
was the resident Gilbraltarian minister responsible for day to day
Rabbi Jacob Shachter
of Belfast was authorised by the Government to look after the religious and general welfare of the evacuees.
only Jewish cemeteries in Northern Ireland are in Belfast, where a small
number of Gibraltar evacuees, who died in the camp, were interred.
Belfast Jewish Cemeteries Information
on the Belfast home page.
Gibraltar Jewish Cemeteries
Information on the Gibraltar home page.
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Jewish Communities & Congregations in
World War II Evacuee Communities
Page created: 12 September 2023
Page most recently amended: 14 September 2023
Based upon research by Steven Jaffe
by David Shulman
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