Thursday, March 17, 2011

Shalom From Ireland

This week we had a special visitor who was a representative from the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin (a place Abby took a photo of on her honeymoon). It got us thinking about other Irish Jewish places and people of interest.

Here are a few off-the-beaten-path spots in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, which is not a Jewish holiday…but if you want to make your hamantaschen with green sprinkles, no one is going to stop you, provided that the sprinkles are Kosher.

In Dublin you can visit the birthplace of Leopold Bloom, James Joyce’s famous fictional character in Ulysses (Okay, so I couldn’t get into the book which is really long and intimidating, but my mom celebrates Bloom’s Day every year). You can also see the former home of the first Chief Rabbi of Ireland, Dr. Isaac Herzog. He was the father of Irish-born Chaim Herzog, Israel’s 6th president.

If in your travels, you end up in Cork, stop by the Cork Cemetery which contains the graves of Jewish passengers from both the Lusitania, torpedoed 7th May 1916, and from planes downed over the Atlantic.

There are many, many more interesting places and remarkable individuals who have an Irish Jewish background, like actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Who knew? Visit the website of the Irish Jewish Community to learn more.

Erin go Bragh!

image: Kosher Guinness

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