The son of Albert and Edith Aronovitch, Asher Siev was a founding member and Life President of the Irish Jewish Museum. His family had fled anti-Jewish pogroms in Eastern Europe and his maternal grandparents were targets of the Limerick boycott in 1904.
Asher was a keen athlete having excelled in rugby and boxing in his youth. He graduated from Trinity College in 1945 and was a practising solicitor for nearly seventy years often in the forefront of many high profile cases. He became the first Jewish public notary in Ireland.
He had a particular interest in the history of the Celts and the Hebrews and wrote “The Sands of Time”, a pamphlet on the subject published by the museum in 1993.
An outstanding member of the Jewish community in Dublin, he could be spotted on his bicycle going up Aungier St. up to his final years just before he and his wife Rosel moved to Manchester to be close to their family.
Listen to Raphael Siev, former Curator of the Museum speak about old Dublin, Yiddish, The Herzogs and James Joyce.