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The Jaffa Memorial in Botanic Gardens

Home to a future president of Israel, the inventor of Haagen Dazs ice-cream, and founder of Beaverbrooks the jewellers... Belfast’s remarkable Jewish history can now be revealed 

On the way to the airport, the taxi driver tells me with pride he installed the lights at Belfast synagogue when it was built more than 50 years ago - except there was a last minute hitch, and all the fittings needed changing in time for the first service. Then, the Jewish community numbered 1,200 and believed it had a bright future. Today the synagogue, the only one in Northern Ireland, has fewer than 80 members.

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