Irish Jewish Gathering calls on 50,000 Irish Jews to come home

The Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin - the Irish Jewish community is calling all their Diaspora home for The Gathering

An Irish Jewish Gathering will begin this Sunday, July 21st, as part of Tourism Ireland’s year long initiative.

The Irish Times reports that Maurice Cohen, chairman of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, said they had “followed the call” and planned “to get Jewish Irish people to return to Ireland for a celebration of their heritage.”

According to the 2011 census there are 1,984 Jewish people in Ireland, mostly in Dublin. Historian and genealogist Stuart Rosenblatt said there was documentary evidence of about 50,000 Irish Jewish people around the world.

This Sunday will see the official opening of the Irish Jewish Gathering at Dublin’s City Hall.

The president of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, Leonard Abrahamson and chairman of the Gathering Tim O’Connor are due to speak at the event.

Sunday’s event will also include a discussion on ‘Tales from the Dáil’ by historian and broadcaster John Bowman, which will focus on Irish political events which involved Jewish politicians. Guest will hear from past and present Jewish Irish TD's who will discuss their life as a member of the Irish Parliament.