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GREAT SYNAGOGUE OF IAŞI

GREAT SYNAGOGUE OF IAŞI
Iaşi, Romania
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BACKGROUND

The Great Synagogue of Iaşi is the oldest extant synagogue in Romania and sits today near the center of a city that was once home to more than 100 synagogues, but only two survive. The Synagogue was built in the late 17th century, and constructed from brick and stone, with a fresco decorated interior. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The beautiful sanctuary is the highlight of the Great Synagogue of Iaşi and dates back to at least 1865. The Aron Kodesh is the focal centerpiece, surrounded by a very elaborate, intricately carved and painted wooden structure. A recent assessment of the condition of the Aron Kodesh found that it is in danger of collapse, and is also infested with mold and pests. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The synagogue’s character is unique among synagogues in Romania. Before the Holocaust, more than half of the city’s population was Jewish and, at one time, there were over 100 Jewish places of worship in Iaşi. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
Funds Donated to Conserve 5 Jewish Sites
San Diego Jewish World, Thursday, February 27, 2014
SPOTLIGHT

Watch Day at the Great Synagogue of Iaşi was organized as a cultural event to celebrate Jewish religion and tradition. The activities included guided site visits of the site, concerts of traditional Jewish music, and arts and crafts for school children focused on the synagogue.

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2014 Watch Day Album
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2014 Watch Day at the Great Synagogue of Iaşi