Photos 2020

This year’s photos have been affected by Covid19, however we have a few to share with you, and ironically our first event of the year was via Zoom, even though social distancing hadn’t started yet!

A first for Munster Jewish Community, Jews across the pond linked in with a Reform Community in Brooklyn, as well as having Rabbi David and Barbara Kudan from Boston joining us in Ireland! The Brooklyn community helped us celebrate Havdalah, joining in the singing, and because there were so many of them and only 6 of us, they then took turns to ask us questions about Jewish life in Ireland. We are hoping this was the first of many twinning events for our two communities! – Photos courtesy of Val Davin

And we can never waste an opportunity to eat together…!

Exhibition of a History of Jews in Lithuania and Lithuanian Jews in Ireland in Cork City Council Foyer. Chris Dorgan, Senior Staff Officer, Corporate & External Affairs at Cork City Council was MC, introducing Cork City Mayor John Sheehan and His Excellency Ambassador Egidifus Meilunas, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania. And finally Eimantas Didzbalis sang Oh Danny Boy (for the Irish contingency), You’ll Never Walk Alone (for the determination of the Jewish people to keep rising after every setback) and finally You Raise Me Up, sung in Lithuanian. The exhibition is a fascinating history of “Litvaks” (Jews who originally came from Lithuania and who spread across the world) both in Lithuania and elsewhere, with a lovely stand commemorating some of the famous Lithuanian Jews who settled in Ireland. Well worth seeing before it heads to its next venue in South Africa. – Photos courtesy of Val Davin

15.08.20   Cork Jewish Culture Virtual Walk of Cork City  As part of Cork Heritage Week, and because Covid19 restrictions still apply, Ruti Lachs launches her virtual walk, which includes a mix of historical facts, poetry and stories told by those who grew up here. Link:  http://www.rutilachs.ie/cork-jewish-culture-virtual-walk.html