Quakers/Judaism in Ireland

7:30 PM Talk on Tuesday 9th May in the Rosary Pastoral Centre:

Dr Christopher Moriarty is Curator of the Quaker Archive at the Friends Historical Library Dublin.  Quakers came to Ireland in the mid-17th century, hoping to convert the entire nation to their view of Christianity as preached in the Gospels.  While some thousands of people followed their lead, they remained a minority group.  Their commitment to honesty in all their sayings and dealings together with enthusiasm for education led to their success as a community.  Their belief in the ideal of ‘answering to that of God’ in all people led them to look outwards and develop a remarkable tradition of meaningful support for the poor and for such causes as prison reform and peace.


Dr Melanie Brown was born in Dublin and has lived her whole life in Terenure.  Her principal research interests include Dublin Jewish history from the Early Modern period to the present day.  She teaches on the Ritual Chant and Song MA programme at the University of Limerick, and is a Local Centre Examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  Melanie represents the Dublin Jewish community on the Dublin City Interfaith Forum.

This presentation falls into three broad areas.  The first to be covered is an overview of Dublin Jewish history (including circumstances which caused Dublin’s Jews to settle in Terenure, Harold’s Cross and the surrounding areas).  This will be followed by an exploration into the phenomenon of Irish Jewish culture and identity.  The final topic will be a brief discussion on the challenges which face the Jewish community in today’s Dublin.

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