Jewish Heritage Europe

Northern Ireland

BELFAST

Belfast Jewish Community booklet

A downloadable booklet with detailed information on Jewish history, heritage and contemporary life in Belfast, including a description of the synagogue.

Belfast Jewish community web site 

Synagogue

49 Somerton Road
Belfast BT15 3LH
Tel: +44 28 9077 5013

This round, modern building, dedicated in 1964, is a distinctive monument in the city. Designed by the architectural firm Yorke, Rosenberg, Mardell, the synagogue has ceiling beams that form a star of David — seen also on the roof, from above. There is no women’s gallery, but separate raised sections for women, separated from the main part of the sanctuary by a railing. The synagogue was listed as one of Belfast’s historic buildings in August, 2015.

Belfast synagogue, via Google Earth -- showing the star of David form on roof.
Belfast synagogue, via Google Earth — showing the star of David form on roof.

Jewish Cemetery

 In the Belfast City Cemetery, Falls Road, West Belfast

The Jewish section of the City Cemetery was founded in the early 1870s, with the first burial, that of a stillborn baby, in 1873, the last burial in 1964. Some 296 people are interred there. The site has been subject to vandalism over the years.

Video tour of the Jewish cemetery in the City Cemetery: