Prominent member of Jewish community dies

One of the most prominent members of Cork’s dwindling Jewish community has died less than a year after he attended the closure of the city synagogue.

Fred Rosehill. Picture: Clare Keogh

Chairman of the trustees of the Cork Hebrew Congregation, Fred Rosehill, a father of two, died at Marymount Hospice yesterday. Mr Rosehill will be buried at Curraghkippane, the Jewish Cemetery, today.

Last January, Mr Rosehill, 88, attended the final prayer service at the South Terrace synagogue.

“I feel very sad, very alone and very worried about the future. I want to say my prayers but I have nowhere to say them,” he said.

At its height, the Jewish Community in Cork consisted of 65 families with as many as 400 members.

The community first arrived in the city in 1880 as migrants fleeing persecution in Russia.

It is believed that they thought they were heading to America, but were won over by the welcome of Cork people.

The synagogue on South Terrace had been in use since 1905.

The dwindling numbers of recent years was blamed for the closure, as there had been difficulty maintaining the minimum number of male adults needed for regular services.

Cork’s Jewish community settled largely in the Hibernian Buildings area near the south inner city, which became known locally as Jewtown.

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