The Belfast Jews

Lecture to Leeds branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England and Milim,

23 April 2020.

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Who’s ever heard of a Belfast Jew?

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2019 Prince Charles visits a packed synagogue

charles unveiling belfast shul may 2019

The social centre – the community hosts Isaac Herzog and family on the centenary of the birth of a President, 2018.

Herzog shul lunch crowd

Award winning – interior of Belfast synagogue

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The founder – Daniel Joseph Jaffe (1809 – 1874) is commemorated by this fountain.

Heritage tour me at Jaffe fountain Aug 18

Sir Otto and Lady Jaffe







blue plaque otto jaffe

Sir Otto (1846 – 1929) was twice Lord Mayor of Belfast

Otto jaffe portrait

Annesley Street synagogue (1904 – 1964) – today an endangered building.

annesley street today

Annesley Street synagogue – the original interior.

Annesley Street synagogue

Rabbi Jacob Shachter – “every inch a Jewish archbishop”. Rabbi in Belfast 1926 – 1953.

Jacob Shachter

The opening of the Belfast Jewish Institute – the  Club

Opening bji club


The Duke of Abercorn, Governor of Northern Ireland, visits Annesley Street

VIP arrival annesley street belfast

Dreamers of Zion – the founders of the Millisle Refugee settlement farm escaped Nazi persecution and established a Kibbutz in Co Down.

Millisle - boys

Millisle potato picking

Culture – Mr Jazz, Solly Lipsitz

solly lipsitz

Culture – Helen Lewis, modern dance.

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Helen Lewis blue plaque

Harold Goldblatt – Ulster Group theatre


Harry Towb – Odd Man In.

Harry Towb

Business – Beaverbrooks and Adlestones. When three brothers came from Leeds to Belfast

Beaverbrooks Adlestone

Business – Gilpins of Sandy Row

gilpins sandy row

Lord Steinberg of Belfast

Lord Steinberg of Belfast

The Council of the Belfast synagogue met at City Hall

Belfast Jewish council city hall 2016

The Jews Schmooze cultural initiative – Ladino music performed in Belfast

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President of the Republic of Ireland, Mary McAleese  visits the synagogue, 2010

Mary Macalease at Belfast synagogue

Northern Ireland Friends of Israel – over 300 listen to Ambassador Daniel Taub

Amb Taub crowd scene

When Israel and Palestine came to the Shankill and Falls – Lt Colonel Patterson and Leila Khaled.

israel young ambassadors patterson northumberland may 2019

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Belfast Jewish Heritage tour 2019

Belfast tour

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