Originally Posted by donaghs
Most fled the programs in the Russian Empire in the late 19th century. Especially from the Baltic area.
Census data supports that very clearly.
In 1871 there were 300 people identifying as Jews in the area now comprising the Irish republic.
1n 1901 there were 3,000--a tenfold increase!!
There were two great migrations in Europe in the second half of the 19th century. One was the exodus (I know, but it fits) of Jews from the Russian Empire fleeing Czarist persecutions. They were mainly to be found in the Pale of Settlement, which included what are now the Baltic republics, where Jews were permitted to live.
They fled in droves because of the miserable treatment and poverty to which they were subjected. It's where most of today's Irish Jew originated from, but then the same could be said of most of the Jews currently living in Britain, France and especially America.
The other great migration of course was the clearing out of Ireland whose population HALVED in the second half of the 19th century. We went mainly to Britain, America and Australia.
The Irish Jewish community is small but highly prodigious. It never numbered more than 4,000 people in the 20th century but in that time produced:
Two Lord Mayors of Dublin (Bobby and Ben Briscoe)
One Lord Mayor of Cork (Gerald Goldberg)
Four TDs (The Briscoes, Mervyn Taylor and Alan Shatter, representing respectively FF, Labour and FG)
At least one international soccer player (Louis Bookman)
At least one international rugby player (Bethel Solomon)
Several chairmen of the Dublin stock exchange (most of them called Abrahamson)
Numerous contributors to the arts, (Stella Steyn, David Marcus, among others)
Many prominent lawyers (well duh) including War of Independence hero Michael Noyk
And of course, a president of Israel. (Chaim Herzog)
Not bad for a community of 4,000.