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Cork's First Jewish Community

Cork, Ireland




Page created: 6 June 2006
Latest revision or update: 28 June 2017

Congregation Data


Cork's first Jewish Community


It is believe that the community did not formally established a synagogue, and prayed in members' homes. However, if a cemetery was established, it would likely have been close to the community's cemetery in Kemp Street.

Date Founded:

The community was founded by Sephardi Jews from Portugal who settled in the city in the eighteenth century. According to certain sources  (Roth - Rise of Provincial Jewry), the community was established at some time between 1731 and 1747. Other sources (History from Cork Jewish Community's website) state that the Sephardi Jews did not settle in Cork until 1772 (although there reference in a press report to Jews in the town in 1771).

Current Status:

Closed by 1796. This community appears to have died out as a result of intermarriage.



Cemetery Information:

The community established a burial ground. For details see Cork Cemetery Information on our Cork Jewish Community home page)

Cork Jewish Community home page

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