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July 04, 1975 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-07-04

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July 4, 1975 27

Belfast Jews Unhampered by War

By MARK SEGAL

(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

Despite the explosive local
situation and its own dwin-
dling members, the

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munity of this sorely trou-
bled city is doing a magnifi-
cent job at keeping alive the
spirit of Judaism on the
edge of the British Isles.

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The local Jewish situation
is further exemplified by
the disappearance of the
previously active Jewish
Student Society at Queens
University where there were
once about 40 Jewish stu-
dents. There are now only
five.
Notwithstanding these
statistics, Belfast Jews en-
joy a vital communal life.
Each Sabbath morning serv-
ice at the synagogue has
about 100 worshippers and
they hold a minyan almost
every day. Their community
center, the Belfast Jewish
Institute, is a thriving focus
of social activity for all age
groups.
A question bothering any
Jewish visitor to Belfast is
the future of its Jewish
community. This issue cer-
tainly bothers communal
leaders as they watch grad-
ual decline from 380 fami-
lies a few years back to 280
today. It is largely a middle
class community with no
workers nor millionaires,
mostly men in business

with emphasis on credit fi-
nancing in various forms.
There are few professionals
— the last Jewish doctor
left for more tranquil and
remunerative scenes some
time back.

It is small compensation
to them that other small
Jewish communities else-
where in the British Isles
show a similar decline.
Only a minority of those
who left Belfast moved to
Israel.

When asked about the
future the reply of the
chairman of the Congrega-
tion Council, John Kay was
"given stable government in
Northern Ireland, there is a
fine future ahead."
There were Jews in Bel-
fast in 1771 but the life of
the organized community
began in 1864. The present
synagogue was inaugurated
in 1964 and the Wolfson
Center contains the city's
coat-of-arms presented by
the Lord Mayor of Congre-
gations centenary. In the
early 1900s, Belfast had a
Jewish Lord Mayor, Sir
Otto Jaffe, who inaugurated
the second synagogue in
1904.

Harold Ross, senior
warden who runs the syn-
agogue in the absence of a
rabbi, would like to see the
same efforts expended on
English-speaking aliya as
on Russians. He said those
remaining in Belfast
would do their best to
maintain an Orthodox
Jewish community there.
The president of the Bel-
fast Hebrew Congrega-
tion, Harold Smith,
doubted there would be a
mass move to Israel say-
ing, "We have a commu-
nity to maintain here."
Looking ahead he dwelt on
plans to set up a trust fund
to underwrite communal

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community dwindle."

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their warm identification
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munities in the rest of the
United Kingdom. Even a
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appreciate the fine job of
this small group of Jews in
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compared to 380 only a few
years ago. This includes a
handful of families in
nearby Portadown.

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