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The Jewish Community in Ulster
Take a rare glimpse into the thoughts and lives of members of Belfast’s Jewish Community during the 1960s.
News 1966 22 mins
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Hear the thoughts of Mr Hill and Mr Endlander as they reflect on life in Belfast. Questions are interspersed with mostly silent scenes of young people at prayer and play. Many of these youths would grow up to leave Belfast in search of work. After a glimpse of the old synagogue in Shaftesbury Square follow Ulster Television’s reporter to Somerton Road as he gives a brief tour of the synagogue designed by architect Eugene Rosenberg. These rushes are courtesy of the UTV Archive.
Although currently fewer than 80 people make up the Jewish Community in Belfast, at its peak the city boasted around 1200 members. From the outset in 1869 this vibrant community have made a major contribution to shaping Belfast e.g. German linen merchant Daniel Jaffe and shipbuilder Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Philanthropic Lord Mayor Otto Jaffe helped to finance the Royal Victoria Hospital as well as the first free library in Belfast. Otto funded the majority of the money needed to build the Annesley Street Synagogue. The yellow fountain now outside Victoria Square commemorates the Jaffe family, who unfortunately left Northern Ireland as anti-German sentiment rose during WWI.
Jewish Britain on Film
Harold Defries Bar Mitzvah
Amateur film 1960 9 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Some serious moves can be seen by guests of all ages in his lovely film showing the Bar Mitzah celebrations of Harold Defries in London in 1960.
The Friendship Club River Tyne Boat Trip
Amateur film 1956 1 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
All aboard a Tyne ferry, the Friendship Club of Newcastle take a pleasure trip down river in glorious summer sunshine.
Merthyr Office Staff 1936
Home movie 1936 2 mins Silent Location: Merthyr Tydfil
The Shermans, Cardiff-raised sons of a Jewish tailor from eastern Europe, film in Merthyr, home of one of their betting shops, and feature local solicitor Mr B. Hamilton.
Amateur film 1934 4 mins Silent Location: Spitalfields
A rare glimpse inside the Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor in the East End during the early 1930s.
Maccabi Sports Club
Amateur film 1950 1 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
An amateur filmmaker records prize giving at the annual Newcastle Maccabi club sports day - a colourful fragment of local Jewish life.
Joe Kagan: Just Another Bump in the Road
Current affairs 1980 38 mins Location: Elland
An intriguing insight into the extraordinary life of Lord Kagan, Jewish escapee from the Nazis, clothier to the Royals, and close friend of Harold Wilson and KGB spy Vaygauskas.
Disabled Access in Belfast City Centre
News 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Join Belfast’s first female Lord Mayor and reconsider how disabled people navigate the streets of Belfast.
Talking Telephone for the Deaf
News 1976 7 mins Location: Belfast
Witness Northern Ireland’s first telecommunications device for Deaf people
See You Monday
News 1977 16 mins Location: Belfast
Members of the Deaf community share their experiences of working in Belfast factories.
Year of the Disabled
Documentary 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Counterpoint explores how government policy measures up to the reality of the country’s mobility needs.
Tribute to a Great Ulsterman
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Silent Location: Belfast
A statue of Edward Carson, giant of Ulster Unionism, is unveiled at Stormont
Experiments in film by Brian Connolly
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1984 13 mins Silent Location: Belfast
Watch time becomes an artist's material as the city's landmarks star in a strange choreography of workers, shoppers and builders.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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