'Sickening' graves attack sparks outrage

By Daniel Sugarman and Lianne Kolirin, September 1, 2016

Thugs who desecrated a Jewish cemetery may have been attempting to gain access to the graves, it has been claimed.

A gang of around eight youths were seen smashing headstones with hammers in Belfast.

During the attack, last Friday, they also smashed concrete slabs covering the graves, in an apparent effort to gain access to the tombs.


Gravestones smashed in Belfast hate attack

August 28, 2016

Thirteen Jewish graves have been desecrated in Belfast's city cemetery in an attack which police are treating as a hate crime.

Police were alerted on Friday afternoon and Chief Inspector Norman Haslett described the vandalism as "particularly sickening".


Ireland's life-affirming day

May 12, 2016

Belfast marked Yom Hashoah with a March of Life by more than 200 people through the city streets.

Key organiser Mike McNally said the idea was "to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Jewish community to commemorate the Shoah, remembering those who perished and paying tribute to the survivors.


A big draw for Belfast

By Joe Cohen, November 13, 2014

Expats from London, Manchester, Bournemouth and Dublin supported Belfast Jewish Community as it held a weekend of celebrations to mark its 50 years in Somerton Road Synagogue.

Following a large gathering at a Shabbat service, a Sunday lunch was attended by 90 people.


New Sephardi leader is 'good news'

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2014

A string quartet greeted guests as they entered the historic candlelit sanctuary of Bevis Marks.


Belfast reeling after spate of hate attacks

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014

Belfast's Jewish community is coming to terms with a series of antisemitic incidents that have followed demonstrations over Gaza.

The city's main Orthodox synagogue was attacked and had windows smashed on two consecutive nights at the height of the conflict last month.


Lions well beaten by Malaga Academy

June 10, 2014

London Maccabi Lions U15's have returned from their second consecutive post season football tour where they played against a strong Malaga CF U15 academy side.

The tour was based in Marbella, Spain where the boys were due to play two games at the prestigious Marbella Football Centre, including game that pitched the boys from north London against the mighty La Liga outfit.


Singer on song in Belfast

By Joe Cohen, March 31, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was in Ireland at the weekend to induct Rabbi David Singer as minister of Belfast Jewry.

Former Olympic golden girl Mary Peters, now the city's Lord Lieutenant, and ex-Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble were among a congregation of 220 at Belfast Synagogue.


Belfast Seder warms up Israelis for World Cup win

By Cathy Forman, April 8, 2013

A Seder service in Belfast proved the ideal preparation for the Israel football squad before the World Cup qualifying group game against Northern Ireland last week.

Celtic defender Rami Gershon — who played in the 2-0 defeat of the Irish — was among those who enjoyed the festival celebration in the squad’s hotel the previous evening.


Belfast injection

By Joe Cohen, March 25, 2013

The Belfast Jewish Community’s new spiritual leader brings a para medical background to the congregation and has also pledged to attract more of the Northern Ireland community who identified as being Jewish in the last census.