Ann Rabinowitz <annrab@...>
The counties which have been added onto the 1911 Irish Census should be
noted as to their locations in order for researchers to understand what they
are looking for.
Counties Antrim and Down are in Northern Ireland and County Kerry is in the
Republic of Ireland or Southern Ireland.
County Antrim's major city is the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast.
County Down contains parts of Belfast and a number of small places.
County Kerry contains such well-known towns as Killarney, Listowel and
Given these locations, one might wonder how many Jews might actually be
living in these places. Instances can be found by searching for well-known
Irish Jewish family names as follows:
You will find many COHENs listed in the Census, with 65 listed in Antrim, 3
in Down, and none in Kerry. However, you may also find that a proportion of
them are listed as non-Jews such as the family in County Down who were
originally >from Dublin and were listed as Church of England.
What follows are several references to Belfast families found in the Census.
Samuel and Florence CLEIN and their daughter Annie are listed as Jews in
Belfast. Samuel was a furniture dealer born in Russia as was his wife,
whilst his daughter was born in Belfast City.
Sarah LEVITAS was listed as Jewish and born in Zagare, Lithuania. The entry
stated that she was married, but she was listed as head of household and
there is no mention of her husband. Her children, Rebecca and Benjamin,
were born in Bangor, Wales, and her boarder, Samuel Corb, was born in
Isaac LEVITAS and his wife were born in Russia. One of their children was
born in England and the other in Belfast.
Frank WINE, was a jeweler, born in Russia. His wife Julia Nathan Wine, was
born in Manchester, and their two children, were born in Belfast. They
even had a visitor, a Mark SUGDEN, a wallpaper merchant, who was >from
Samuel Samuels, was formerly Dmitrovski and born in Kamentetz Litovsk,
Poland. He arrived in Belfast on August 15, 1910, and was just beginning
his stay there when he was captured on the 1911 Census. He later became a
One of the most notable of Belfast Jews, Sir Otto JAFFE, was not listed in
the Census. His family originally came >from Schwerin, Germany, and he
served as Mayor of Belfast and was the largest exporter of Irish linen in
the world. It was known that he left Belfast in 1916 for London, but he
should have been in Belfast in 1911. Of further interest in regard to the
Jaffe family is Arthur and Marie JAFFE. Arthur, a barrister, and his wife,
refused to state their religion. Arthur may have been the son of Sir Otto
Another Belfast Jew who is missing >from the Census was Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi
Herzog, who only became Rabbi of Belfast in 1916 and therefore was not there
in 1911 to be counted. He was the father of the sixth President of Israel,
Chaim Herzog, who was born in Belfast in 1918.
So, as one can see, the Census is of great interest particularly as it lists
places of birth and can lead a researcher to locate pertinent birth records
whose location might not have readily been known. This also confirms the
movement of the members of the Jewish community in these counties.