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Chance National Library of Israel Discovery: Ireland's 1st Chief Rabbi Rescue of Holocaust Survivors

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A recent acquisition of personal archives of the well-known Jerusalem…Continue

Catch 'The Long Ride'

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Chance National Library of Israel discovery: Ireland's 1st Chief Rabbi rescue of Holocaust survivors

A recent acquisition of personal archives of the well-known Jerusalem attorney Alexander Amdur includes documents of Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog’s historic mission to redeem Jewish children taken in by Christian institutions and families.Herzog was the first Chief Rabbi of Ireland.  He was a strong supporter of the struggle for Irish independence and a close personal…See More
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Irish Writers' Festival, Los Gatos, California Oct. 5-8

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I am very excited about participating in The Irish, The Jews, and Irish Literature panel and showing Shalom Ireland clips during the Irish Writers' Festival in Los Gatos, California! I am also thrilled to see The Representations of Jews in Irish Literature Exhibition for the first time during its San Francisco Bay Area stop on its world tour.

Please join us for what promises to be an entertaining and enlightening series…


Representations of Jews in Irish Literature Exhibition

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 4:00am 1 Comment

Waterford Institute of Tecnology

Feb. 1-28

I am very proud that my great-grandparents will be featured.…


2 Upcoming Screenings of Shalom Ireland

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 6:00pm 1 Comment

There's going to be two San Francisco screenings of "Shalom Ireland," a documentary film about Ireland's remarkable, yet little known Jewish community.

During the Beth Israel Judea screening, we will show a short sneak preview clip from "The Long Ride," a soon-to-be released documentary about the Immigrant Workers Freedom…


Echoes of The Rising: Robert Briscoe Becomes a Courier

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

With the approach of the 1916 Irish Easter Rising Centennial, there’s been renewed interest in "Shalom Ireland," a documentary film I made about Ireland’s remarkable, yet little known, Jewish community (  So I picked up my copy of "For the Life of Me," the…


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At 4:50pm on July 16, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Hey Valerie, fáilte to The (New) Wild Geese, which your support has helped bring about. Looking forward to learning more about your work, your 10th anniversary edition of "Shalom Ireland" and, ultimately, your own Irish story.

Here's an interview we conducted with Valerie, BTW, about a decade ago.


At 11:30am on July 17, 2013, Bit Devine said…

Céad Míle Fáilte... or should I say.. Fáilte ar ais, Valerie...welcome back

At 1:51pm on July 22, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Hi, Valerie.

Just watched the trailer video you posted here ... very interesting!  Thanks for that.  Hope to see / hear more from you about Ireland's Jewish community (and other things) in the days ahead.

~ Ryan

At 4:55pm on July 22, 2013,
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Valerie Lapin Ganley

Thanks, Ryan!  Glad you enjoyed Shalom Ireland!

At 6:23am on August 6, 2013, Leslee Sack said…

Hi Valerie,

Here, in the Maritimes, we are an hour ahead of NYC (where I come from), which makes me closer to Ireland. My adopted mother lives in Finglas.  Again, if you need info re the PEI Jewish Community, look at  I get mail going to the secretary. We are an even smaller community than Ireland...but we are a feisty group! Please come and see us...I know we would all love to see your movie...can I get it on Amazon yet?


At 2:29pm on August 10, 2013, Gary S. Cohen said…

Thanks Valerie....Again, sorry I missed the chat!

At 12:15pm on August 12, 2013, Rabbi Janet Madden said…

I'd like to clarify something you said, Valerie. Reform Judaism originated in 19th century Germany. 

At 2:22pm on August 13, 2013, John G. Molloy said…
Valerie - Thank you for selecting my name to receive a copy of Shalom Ireland. I live in the suburbs of New York. I constantly run into people who believe that the problem in the North of Ireland is religious and I tell the story of Robert Briscoe.

I was in Ireland last October and I was shocked to learn that Judaism is now the number four religion in Ireland, replaced at the number three spot by Islam.

I look forward to watching the DVD and I will let you know my impressions. Thanks again - John Molloy
At 7:10pm on August 20, 2013,
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John M. Walsh


Friendship, yes.  Hosting, no.  Coincidentally, just Monday morning I sent Gerry a copy of an article I wrote "The Jews of Ireland" back in 1988.  I doubt Gerry has received the envelope yet, so to ask us to "friend" is spooky.  Included in the envelope is a letter I wrote also in 1988 which I sent to Menachin Begun asking him to confirm something Robert Briscoe said about a meeting they had back in 1947 (or so).  Mr. Begun replied and I enclosed a copy of Mr. Begun's letter.  Good luck with your documentary.

John Walsh

(Should this have properly have been sent in an email?  I don't know the practices of social media.  Sorry.)

At 8:44pm on March 10, 2014,
Colm Ó Riain

Hi Valerie!

If you haven't plans for St.Paddy's night yet , I have a non-drunken show at the Great American Music Hall. Come and dance!


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