The museum contains a good deal of information regarding women's lives. The Jewish population in Ireland has been established since the expulsion from Spain at the end of the fifteenth century, but increased sharply with the influx of refugees from the pogroms in Russia, Lithuania, etc., at the end of the 19th century.

The communities in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Waterford, Limerick (where there was an early outbreak of anti-Semitism) were strong and many groups were founded to offer social support and charity to the newcomers and the less fortunate, for example, a wedding group run to help girls from less well-off families afford a wedding dress. The Dublin Jewish Community also provided an ambulance, which was sent to Belfast to assist after the bombings in 1941. The exhibits mirror these activities, showing fund-raising efforts by the Dublin United Hebrew Congregation, the involvement in youth groups (see also schools) and achievements in the community. Girl Guides were particularly popular and there are a number of photographs. Bertha Weingreen was a leading character in the Guides. Sports also figure.

The Dublin Jews also ran a school for boys and girls from c.1935 to c.1980, in Bloomfield Avenue. There are photographs and a register of names at the Zion Schools cookery class on display (in Irish and English). Jewish children went to ordinary schools before this, although Rose Solomons, wife of Maurice, is said to have started a Girls School in the early 1900s in Adelaide Road, in or near the synagogue she was instrumental in founding. There are photographs of groups of girls at St Katherine's School, c.1933, and the Peter Street Girls School, 1910. There is a photograph of Celia Collins, the Schoolkeeper, and an appreciation of her life.

In 1983 Stratford College was opened in Dublin.

The exhibition has material on artists, including Estella Solomons, born in Dublin 1882, died in Dublin 1968. She attended Chelsea School of Art. She Illustrated Padraic Colum's 'The Road Round Ireland' and Kelleher's 'The Glamour of Dublin'. She married Seamus O'Sullivan. Her drawing of Seamus O'Sullivan is in the hall. Stella Steyn, artist, 1907-1980, is also mentioned.

There is a case of exhibits devoted to achievements in business and trade. Other achievements in which Jewish women have shone are medicine and the law.

A substantial part of the exhibition is about the following of Orthodox Judaism in the home, relating to food, holy days, etc.

There is also a special exhibit relating to weddings in the synagogue on the upper floor.

One exhibit is a tablecloth on which the Dublin Daughters of Zion 1900-1950 have embroidered their signatures.

The Museum has a booklet called Women in Judaism compiled in 1993 with a forward by Raphael V. Siev, the Curator. This contains details of Women's Groups, women in Jewish law , some Dublin women, as Bertha Weingreen (born in South Africa) who worked at the Prisoner of War camp at Belsen after the War, Estella Solomons, artist, Jennie Z. Gilbert, barrister. There are also recipes, and precepts of marriage and religion in the home.

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Century19th, 20th
Repository NameIrish Jewish Museum
Address3 Walworth Road South Circular Road Dublin 8
Telephone (089) 426-3625
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CommentDue to time constraints not all items in this repository were examined individually