Ireland’s Cork Jewish community to be commemorated

The Jews of Cork in southern Ireland may have lost their synagogue last year but the story of how the area became home to a small, thriving Jewish community in the early half of the 20th century is about to be chronicled at a new permanent exhibition at Cork PublicMuseumlater this month.

Entitled “The Tsar, the Rosehills and the Music Shop”, the exhibition, which will be opened by Cork-born film maker, Louis Marcus, tells how Jews, fleeing persecution from the Imperial Russian territory of Lithuania in the late 19th century, arrived in Cork and made it their home.

The exhibition traces the growth of the Jewish community in Cork from the 1880s due to lack of the necessary quorum required for communal prayer.

The Tsar, the Rosehills and the Music Shop – the story of Cork’s Jewish Community 1880s to 2016, developed in conjunction with Fred Rosehill’s daughter, Claire and the Cork Hebrew Congregation, opens at Cork Public Museum on May 26th.

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