the former

Dundalk Jewish Community

& Hebrew Congregation

Dundalk, Ireland




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Town of Dundalk

The coastal town of Dundalk (Irish: Dún Dealgan meaning "Dalgan's fort") is the county town of the county of Louth in the Republic of Ireland, situated on the Castletown River just a few kilometeres south of the border with Northern Ireland.  It has a population of nearly 40,000.

Dundalk Jewish Community

Very little is currently known of the Jewish community in Dundalk There is a news report of a Jewish congregation being established towards the end of the nineteenth century,(i) but there are no reports as to what became of the congregation, although individual Jewish families are known to have been living in the town well into the middle of the twentieth century.

The following Congregation Data is based solely on the single news report:

Congregation Data


Dundalk Hebrew Congregation(ii)


Not known

Date Founded:

March 1895

Current Status:

Believed to have closed shortly after establishment.


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Rev. W. Weiner - Reader and Shochet, March 1895.

Lay Officers:

Henry L. Rubinstein - President and Treasurer, March 1895.

Gershon Blank - Hon. Secretary, March 1895.

M. Jackson - Hon. Collector, March 1895.


There was no Jewish cemetery in Dundalk.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Chronicle of 15 March 1895 reporting that, on the previous Sunday, the Jewish inhabitants of Dundalk had met and established a congregation and named the officers elected (as set out here in the Congregation Data). Louis Hyman, in The Jews of Ireland (1972), p. 161, also refers to the establishment of a Jewish congregation in Dundalk.

  • (ii) It is assumed that this was the name of the congregation.


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