is believed that the first synagogue or the house of prayer in
the same year, Rahamim Naftali Gedalja, a sagacious and energetic man, who
was credited by significantly contributing to the religious, spiritual and
cultural life of the tiny Jewish community in
first synagogue was built and consecrated in 1801 during the rabbinate of
the already mentioned rabbi.
the Turkish era the Jewish part of the town occupied the stretch between
the two wooden bridges across the River Nishava. The Turkish authorities
who had approved that this district be established called it Chivutana
– the Jewish settlement. It had its yeshiva, synagogue, rebbi’s home,
a bath for religious worship and a number of single level homes. The
entire Jewish district burned down in the great fire that gushed through
it on August 15, 1879.
the end of 19th century the large synagogue ''El Kal Grande''
and the small synagogue ''El Kal Chiko'' are known to have existed on
the end of WWI it was decided to build a new synagogue because the old one
was almost falling in. However in the meantime the old temple was somewhat
refurbished and it served its purpose for many more years.
April of 1924 the construction of the new synagogue was initiated. Its
cornerstone was festively laid on May 18,1924. However, the explosion of a
German bomb – a remnant from the time of war interrupted the building.
The Jewish inhabitants of
Abram Daniti states about the Jews of
the portal of the synagogue
and next to Magen David who stood there one could read,
is God’s door – righteous come on in.''
WWII the synagogue served its purpose. During the war Germans used it as
storage, while after the war it was not used at all. No one of Jews who
had lived there before had returned home. Until 1948, Mayo Mevorah did the
custodial work in the synagogue. After his departure to
1970, the Jewish Community was compelled to sell the building because it
would have been expropriated for not being used. On a certain condition
that same year the synagogue was sold to the
of its architectural and historical significance the building was put
under the protection of the state in 1986.
the fall of 2001, the renovation of the dilapidated synagogue has started.
work on the exterior of the building was finished in 2003. The continuance
of the interior reconstruction requires additional funds.
this time so ''maimed'', the synagogue awaits better times.
of the Jewish Community of
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SYNAGOGUE, 2 MARCH 2000