Profile of Judaism in Ireland

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There has been an established Jewish community in Ireland for some centuries. Census 2006 indicated that Jewish membership grew by almost 8% between 2002 and 2006, with approximately 1,930 members in 2006. Most members are Irish Jews. Contributors have indicated that recently arrived migrant workers from Israel and other places are Jewish.

The two main branches of the religion are present in Ireland:

  • Orthodox Jews the unchanging, eternal and all-encompassing nature of the Torah, and so abide by a strict and literal reading of the Laws it contains. This group also strictly observe the rules of the Sabbath, the key holy day, and other festivals.
  • Progressive Jews (which includes Liberal and Reform Jews) who tend to adapt tradition to the needs of modern society while retaining the spirit of their religion.


There are five synagogues in the Irish Republic. Four of these are located in Dublin, three of which are Orthodox and one Progressive Congregation, all of which have regular services on the Sabbath.

There is also one in Cork that supports a very small community. They run a service once a month.

Some of those who describe themselves as Jewish may not have contact with the community and synagogue. Therefore it is important to check needs with the person or their family.