Irish Jewish Museum

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Naomi E
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Wonderful insight into local and national history
Feb 2020
A fascinating small museum with many personal and local stories, as well as information about the wider Jewish community's history in Ireland. A nice visit away from the bigger, louder tourist hotspots.
Written February 20, 2020
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alanspatrick
Boston, MA33 contributions
Small, fascinating museum
Dec 2019 • Couples
The Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin is, unsurprisingly, of particular interest to those who find Jewish history and migration particularly compelling. Four friends spent a fascinating two hours at the museum, enhanced by the commentary and presence of Edwin and Hillary, two of the Dubliners who help run the museum.

The museum mainly focuses on the social history of the Jewish community, including much information about prominent people, along with plenty of information about congregations in the rest of Ireland, most of which, sadly, no longer exist.

So much of the history of Ireland’s Jewish community is familiar to people from the US. The immigration patterns, the timing of arrivals, the locations where Ireland’s Jews came from, were similar to that of the United States, but on a much smaller level. The Jewish community in Ireland has never reached 10,000, despite a mostly accepting and tolerant population.
Written December 29, 2019
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Thomas D
Chicago, IL88 contributions
Worth searching out
Nov 2019
The jewish community if shrinking rapidly in Ireland now, but there is a rich history, and it is documented well in this small, but packed museum. The docents are mostly local members of the community, but we also met a nice woman doing a year abroad from the US. The entry is a donation, and I didn't hesitate to add to it.
Written November 23, 2019
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Gabriel Mc Govern
Dublin, Ireland106 contributions
Ireland’s Jewish Heritage.
Oct 2019 • Solo
A wonderful long established museum in Dublin.This museum displays the history and heritage of Ireland’s Jewish People now very sadly few in number and diminishing. It was really wonderful to walk thru this museum and experience the rich heritage of the Jewish People in Ireland and the hardships and difficulties they experienced, rising to prominence in many fields. A very very worthwhile visit and strongly recommended.
Written October 11, 2019
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C Green
Washington DC, DC12 contributions
Hidden Gem of a Museum
Aug 2019
The Irish Jewish Museum covers the history of Jews in Ireland, particularly the 19th century to the present. It is housed in a former synagogue and is staffed by members of Dublin's Jewish community who will give you a basic tour of the place and talk at length about Jewish life in Ireland on pretty much any subject that you are interested in. The first floor is fairly low tech, as most of the exhibits consist of photographs, and clippings from newspapers and magazines. Upstairs they've preserved the sanctuary and turned the women's section into exhibit space. They have numerous objects donated by the community relating to worship, daily life and life-cycle events. Being Jewish, this was particularly meaningful for me, but non-Jews will find it interesting as well. The museum is only a 20 minute walk from St. Stephen's Green, and the museum website has directions for driving, public transit and walking. Definitely worth spending a couple hours there. The museum has somewhat limited hours, so do check the website.
Written October 10, 2019
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ggsnewton
Newton, MA41 contributions
Interesting history of Jews in Ireland
Sep 2019
This museum is located on a side street in a quiet neighborhood. It is housed in a former synagogue; the downstairs contains numerous items and displays related to Jewish history in Ireland, the synagogue - with the separate men's and women's sections, is upstairs.
We were interested to learn that Chaim Herzog was raised in Dublin, and that his father had been the chief rabbi of Ireland. The family home is located just a couple of blocks from the museum.
If you are interested in Jewish history, this museum is worth a visit.
Written October 8, 2019
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Ella C
London, UK7 contributions
Interesting
Jul 2019 • Couples
A real hidden gem in Dublin. An excellent insight into the history of the Jewish community in Dublin. Definitely worth a visit. Jason, who works there is a mine of information.
Written July 27, 2019
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Lsing1
Portland, OR11 contributions
Well worth the visit
Jul 2019 • Solo
Jewish history in Ireland serves as a nexus of world history and migration —and this history is lovingly preserved and told at the Irish Jewish museum. I received a thorough and fascinating tour from Hillary and so appreciated the extra effort of the volunteer Jason to help me find my great grandfathers home around the corner. The depth of knowledge and special attention they provided made it well worth the time and effort to stop by when in Dublin.
Written July 10, 2019
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jlevthal512@gmail.com
Woodstock, MD647 contributions
Off the Beaten Path, but, Informative
Jun 2019 • Couples
We walked from our hotel in the city center to visit the museum. Hidden away on a side street in a residential area, this tiny museum is worth a visit if you have roots in the history of the Jewish people. The docents are friendly, the isles are tiny, but, this museum packs an emotional touch.
I knew nothing of the history of the Jewish people in Ireland. This museum tells the history of an entire community. The displays are excellent. The story of Chaim Weitzman and his ties to Dublin and this Dublin Jewish community are interesting and very informative.
Written July 9, 2019
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nycmom22
New York City, NY2,449 contributions
Nice volunteer docents
May 2019 • Couples
Tiny but jam packed I did not know about Chaim Herzog’s Irish past. Charming non tourist neighborhood. Very moved by tiny temple upstairs and replica kitchen. Bonus: close walk to Brother Hubbard South for lunch. Museum hours may be only Sun-Thur 11-3 so check ahead.
Written May 9, 2019
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