Although there is evidence of a brief Jewish presence in Cork in the mid 1700’s, the main wave of immigration came in the late 1800’s, mostly from what is now Lithuania.
At its height in 1911, there were 450 Jewish people living in Cork. The community diminished and the synagogue closed finally in 2016. However, today there is a new Munster Jewish Congregation emerging from the West Cork Jewish community.
In this video, the late Fred Rosehill gives a tour inside the Synagogue of the Cork Hebrew Congregation and tells the story of his family and a brief history of the Jewish presence in Cork.
In this video, Ruti Lachs and members of the Munster Jewish Community, give a walking tour through the history of Jewish Cork visiting Shalom Park, Jewtown and the new Mary Elmes Bridge.