the former

Heytesbury Street Congregation

Dublin, Ireland





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Heytesbury Street Congregation


32 Heytesbury Street, Dublin(i)

Date Formed:

Founded in 1891.(ii)

The congregation was one of a number of hebrot (small congregations) in Dublin's South Circular Road area (around Clanbrassil Street and Portobello) established in the 1880's and 1890's, primarily by recent immigrants from Lithuania and Poland. These new arrivals were generally far more strictly observant than members of the existing somewhat assimilated Jewish community. The existing synagogue, in Mary's Abbey, held only Saturday morning services and, being some two miles from where the newcomers lived, was a long walk on the Sabbath. Furthermore, it was also too small for the needs of the growing community and the largely Yiddish-speaking newcomers found its services too formal, stern, middle class and unwelcoming. As a result of this influx of "foreign" Jews, this area became home to the majority of Dublin's Jews and was known as "Little Jerusalem".


Closed, probably before 1895.(iii)


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Ministers & Readers:

None known


See Dublin Jewish Cemeteries Information on the Dublin home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) A comment on the blog relating to the Camden Street Synagogue by Patrick Comerford, gives the street number as 32, although Camden Street numbers may have changed since the 1890s. The street number does not appear elsewhere.

  • (ii) The Jews of Ireland by Louis Hyman, p.165.

  • (iii) Does not appear in the first Jewish Year Book (1896/7) or any subsequent edition.

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