‘The Tsar, the Rosehills, and the Music Shop’ was officially opened in the presence of Cork Lord Mayor Des Cahill last Thursday (25/05). Also present at the opening were acting curator of the Museum, Daniel Breen and Heritage Works, who installed and researched the exhibition.
Embedded below: YouTube video from Richie Hodges.
The history of the Jews of Cork will be the subject of a permanent exhibition to be housed at the Cork Public Museum.
The exhibition traces the growth of Cork’s Orthodox Jewish community from its origins in the late 19th century to the eventual closing of the synagogue on South Terrace last year. It was installed by Aileen O’Connor of West Cork-based heritage preservation startup HeritageWorks.
The display at the Public Museum will also showcase some of the religious artifacts dedicated to the Museum after the synagogue’s closing and tell the story of how the late Fred Rosehill managed to keep the remnants of the once thriving community going despite dwindling numbers.
‘The Tsar, the Rosehills and the Music Shop – the story of Cork’s Jewish Community 1880s to 2016’ opens to the public on May 26th.
History of Cork’s Jewish community to be commemorated (The Irish Times)
Cork’s Jewish story to be told in exhibition (The Evening Echo)
After the deconsecration of the Cork Synagogue in 2016, many artifacts have been donated to the Cork Museum. At a recent meeting with trustees, the Museum Curator and the Heritage exhibition team, the Museum will open a permanent exhibition on 25th May 2017. The opening will be in the early evening and will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork. Louis Marcus will formally open the exhibition.
In addition to the many religious artifacts that the Cork Museum will display, there will be a tribute to Fred Rosehill O’H’ as many of his photographs and memorabilia from the 20th/21st Century will be on display. The story of Cork Jewry will be displayed at the Museum based in Fitzgerald’s Park, in a wonderful opportunity to keep the story of the original Eastern European community alive for generations to come.
The Cork Museum has requested an invitees list from the trustees of the Cork Hebrew Congregation. Whilst we have a guest list, we would also very much like anyone whose families settled in Cork, but moved on at a later stage, to attend the opening.
For those that would like to receive an invitation from the Cork Museum, please contact info at jewishcork dot com with your email, telephone, and address. Alternatively contact Claire Rosehill.
The synagogue of the Cork Hebrew Congregation on 10, South Terrace, was formally de-consecrated on February 7th, 2016.
As a result, prayer services, as well as educational and cultural tours, can no longer be facilitated in the building.
General queries related to Jewish matters in Cork as well as queries regarding any alternative arrangements being made for the holding of services should be directed to info at jewishcork dot com.
Video copyright RTÉ Nationwide. Reproduced on YouTube with their kind permission.
The section about the Cork Hebrew Congregation begins at 15:00 and includes some history about the community’s origins and the synagogue, prior to its closure.