Israel received 22 volumes of genealogical archives from the 18th-20th centuries from Ireland

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The National Library of Israel has accepted a donation of 22 archive volumes from the Irish Jewish Family History Database, which tracks over three centuries of Jewish life in Ireland. JTA reports this.

The database, compiled by Irish Jewish Genealogical Society president Stuart Rosenblatt, is comprehensive, from burial and birth records compiled in the late 19th century to immigrant police registers in the early 20th century, and other sources dating back to the 1700s. years to the present day.

“These volumes – living history of people who no longer exist”, — said Rosenblatt at the National Library, which held a ceremony honoring the archives on Monday.

“Births, marriages, deaths, population census, registration of foreigners, membership in synagogue communities, home and work addresses, detailing of Jewish graves and inscriptions – this is just a selection of 22 volumes to help families discover their rich Irish heritage. I am honored to have my personal volumes in the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem”.

The first Jews to settle on the island were a small community of Sephardic migrants fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in the 15th century, but Ireland saw a larger influx of Jews in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to a wave of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe to Britain, part of which at that time it was Ireland.

Today there are about 3,000 Jews living in Ireland, and the Jewish population of the entire island, including Northern Ireland, has never before exceeded this figure by more than twice. But among them were many well-known figures in Jewish and Israeli history, including Rabbi Isaac Herzog, the grandfather of the current president of Israel. The Duke served as the Chief Rabbi of the Irish Free State after its independence from Britain, and he subsequently became Israel's first Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi. His son, Chaim Herzog, served as President of Israel in the 1980s.

“Needless to say, I feel proud as an Israeli Jew with a direct connection to Ireland, and I am especially pleased that these books arrived in Israel”, – said President Duke.

“This extraordinary resource will enable scholars, researchers, members of the Irish-Jewish community and their descendants to deepen their understanding of their lineage and heritage”,– said Raquel Ukeles, head of collections at the National Library of Israel, “This database marks another milestone in our ongoing search for resources documenting the history and culture of Jewish communities around the world.”

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