Demo in Dublin, taking off in Newcastle

May 12, 2011

The Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign protested outside the Dublin hotel where the Israel Embassy hosted an Independence Day party for diplomats, Irish government officials and Jewish community members on Tuesday. The demonstration passed off peacefully and there were no arrests.


Meet our man in the Dail

March 10, 2011

Lawyer Alan Shatter, Ireland's only Jewish member of parliament, has become Minister of Justice, Equality and Defence in the country's new government.

The new prime minister, Enda Kenny, has appointed Mr Shatter in his coalition of the centre-right Fine Gael and the Irish Labour Party. Mr Shatter is MP for Dublin South, where most of Dublin's Jewish community live.


Dublin mourns Jack Sheena

February 10, 2011

A prominent Irish Jewish personality has died on his way to synagogue.

Jack Sheena, 72, was a council member of Dublin Hebrew Congregation and a volunteer at the Bloomfield care home. Police are investigating how his car veered from a road in Dublin on Wednesday of last week.


Dublin museum's £9m facelift

By Carl Nelkin, February 3, 2011

The Irish Jewish Museum has launched an appeal for a £9 million expansion of its Walworth Road premises in Dublin.

An announcement about the revamp was made as the museum celebrated its 25th anniversary at the weekend with a concert for 400 guests by the Zimratya cantors choir from Jerusalem.

The project has the support of the Irish Office of Public Works, which has provided architect assistance for the plans being submitted to Dublin City Council.


Irish NGO forced to cut back

By Robyn Rosen, September 3, 2009

An influential Dublin-based NGO which opposes settlements in Israel is cutting back its West Bank activity due to a lack of donations.

Trócaire will be forced to pull out of nine countries over the next 18 months and cut back its work in 27 other countries.

The Catholic aid agency has been operating in Israel and the Palestinian occupied territories since 2002 and spent approximately €500,000 (£441,500) there in the last financial year.


Barmitzvah girl is big news in Ballina

By Cathy Forman, July 9, 2009

mma Guihen celebrated what is believed to be the first batmitzvah on Ireland’s West Coast in the company of 130 mostly non-Jewish guests.

The batmitzvah girl lives with her mother Leah and three siblings in Ballina, a County Mayo town over 150 miles from the Dublin Jewish community. She said the ceremony was a “chance to do something connected to my Judaism”. But the family’s isolation from Jewish life meant they had to make their own preparations.


Irish death

February 5, 2009

Irish Jewish Museum curator Raphael Siev has died after collapsing at the HMD commemoration at Mansion House, Dublin.

He had insisted on giving a reading at the ceremony before going to hospital.

After attending Gateshead Yeshivah and qualifying as a barrister, Mr Siev worked for the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He devoted his latter years to the museum.


Forty five people attend lecture at Dublin Hebrew Congregation.

October 24, 2008

Forty five people attended a lecture entitled "My Journey from Christianity to Judaism" at Dublin Hebrew Congregation.

The speaker, Chicago-born Ahuvah Gray, told the audience about her work as a Christian minister in the African American community in Chicago and Los Angeles.

She outlined how in 1996 she fulfilled her spiritual yearnings to become a Jew. Ms Gray, who now lives in Jerusalem, wrote her autobiography My Sister, the Jew in 2004.


Irish Chief Rabbi goes

By Alex Barnes, July 4, 2008
Dublin Hebrew Congregation held a farewell kiddush to Irish Chief Rabbi Yaakov Pearlman, who is returning to America with his wife Sheila after seven years in the post. Rabbi Pearlman thanked those in and beyond the community who had assisted him during his time in office.Tributes were paid to him by Howard Gross, a former president of the congregation, and Jewish Representative Council of Ireland chairman Leonard Abrahamson.


Second barmitzvah for Michael Coleman

May 23, 2008

The second barmitzvah of Michael Coleman took place at Dublin Hebrew Congregation. The 83-year-old was born in Dublin and is a life-long supporter of the community and Israel. The service was attended by both the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony, and the Chief Rabbi, Yakov Pearlman, who paid tribute to Mr Coleman’s work for the community. Until a few months ago, Mr Coleman served as public relations officer in the Chief Rabbi of Ireland’s office.