International Women’s day 2016

On International Women’s Day 2016, NIFI remembers two women who pioneered  journalism as a career for women in Northern Ireland, and who had a warm and enduring relationship with Israel – Ray and Judith Rosenfield. As our photo from the Northern Whig shows these two women look as if they’re intruding in an entirely male preserve. Members of the Belfast Jewish community, from Cliftonpark Avenue in the north of the city, immortalised in the poetry of John Hewitt (“for romance, for mystery I’d choose, the Rosenfields and Weiners, our own Jews”), their papers at Queen’s University reveal their visits and charitable support for the fledgling state of Israel. Accomplished art critics, reviewers, editors of a woman’s page, journalists, dramatists, columnists and writers. (photo from Mr Hack blog)