The Synagogues of Europe

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Below you will find a series of postcards that depict various synagogues that currently or once stood in Europe. Most of these photographs have been purchased, taken, or otherwise obtained by those visiting these towns and cities, and they have been subsequently submitted to the Museum to be placed online.  Some of these synagogues might still be extant, i.e. still being used as synagogues, but others lay abandoned and perhaps in a state of disrepair, or are currently being used for other purposes. Some have been restored.

Current town names are used to indicate the location of each synagogue.

The Museum welcomes further submissions, as this exhibition is forever ongoing and evolving. Please include the name of the country, town/city, synagogue (if known), and the month and year the photo was taken.

Please click on the thumbnail photos to see the enlarged versions.


FLORENCE, ITALY (cir 1980)
Tempio Maggiore (The Great Synagogue)
Via L.C. Farini 4

The synagogue was built between 1874 and 1882 thanks to the money donated by a local Jewish resident named David Levi.



ROME, ITALY (color photos cir 1980)
Tempio Maggiore (The Great Synagogue)

Construction of this synagogue, the largest in Rome, began after 1870 and was completed in 1904.

Photo, top right, exterior, interior of synagogue. Chief Rabbi of Rome Dr. Angelo Sacerdote. From the Forverts, January 20, 1924.

photo, left: From Wikipedia.

Tempio Israelitico di Trieste

An Orthodox synagogue that was unveiled in 1912, replacing four smaller synagogues. Fascists closed synagogue in 1942, but it was reopened after the World War ended.  The synagogue is currently in operation.

photo: From Wikipedia.

TURIN, ITALY (cir 1890-1900)


Courtesy of the Library of Congress.









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