Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jewish Ireland

Later today we are going to Ireland, so I have looked up the Irish Jewish community. As I suspected, the three most famous Irish Jews are Leopold Bloom, Robert Briscoe who was Lord Mayor of Dublin during my early years, and Chaim Herzog, who grew up in Ireland and ultimately was President of Israel. And this is diagnostic. Bloom is fiction. Briscoe is real and unusual. Herzog, like many Irish Jews, was a Zionist. And left Ireland.

I have no idea if I'll get to the Jewish museum in Dublin, as it's only open a few hours per week.

Note: my planned birthday/event posts are queued up and will continue along with any reports on my trip.

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