The Irish Jewish Museum is committed to fostering a better understanding of Judaism and Jewish cultural heritage. The focus is on the Irish Jewish experience which serves as a model for tolerance and diversity in 21st century Ireland.
The museum exhibits educational material related to the social and religious life of Jews in Ireland since the early 1800’s. Our events programme attracts people from all walks of life interested in history, music, art, and literature. We aim to facilitate interest and discussion in all matters related to Jewish history and culture. We welcome guest speakers and visitors from home and abroad.
As part of our outreach education and community involvement, we co-ordinate with other educational institutions to provide ongoing activities and exhibitions. We are proud to participate in the Annual Heritage Week, the European Days of Jewish Culture and Bloomsday as well as many other locally organised museum and university programmes.
Help and guidance is offered on a regular basis to the many researchers and scholars who make requests to study our wide collection of memorabilia, books, and artefacts. However, access to our extensive archive is currently limited due to it being stored offsite.
The museum has published a small a number of pamphlets on educational topics such as Women in Judaism, The Decline of Yiddish in Ireland, Harry Kernoff and Jewish Aspects of Ulysses.
Within our Education Programme, we welcome visits from Schools and third level colleges. Starting from upper primary level classes, students are invited to explore the exhibition and engage with our volunteers to learn about Judaica and the fascinating history of the Jewish community in Ireland. All talks take place in the old Walworth Road Synagogue which forms part of the museum. The museum works with teachers to tailor a programme to fit their students’ needs and to meet curriculum standards.