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.

Photo right, courtesy of . Norway's King at the synagogue, 2009.

From Wikipedia.

"The congregation was established in 1892, but the present building was erected 1920. Architectural historian Carol Herselle Krinsky describes the two-story tall, stuccoed building with a round tower topped with a spire supporting a Star of David as resembling "a simple and charming country chapel.'

King Harald V and Crown Prince Haakon visited the synagogue in June, 2009.

The synagogue was the site of a 2006 attack by gunmen. No one was injured.The four were a 29-year-old man of Pakistani origin, a 28-year-old Norwegian-Pakistani, a 28-year-old Norwegian of foreign origin, and a 26-year-old Norwegian."


From Wikipedia. "This synagogue holds the distinction of the being the second northern most synagogue in the world, Fairbanks, Alaska having the first northern most. The present synagogue serves the Jewish community since its inauguration on October 13, 1925. It was built to replace the first synagogue in Trondheim, the St. Jorgensveita Synagogue."









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