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VOLOZHIN YESHIVA

VOLOZHIN YESHIVA
Volozhin, Belarus
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BACKGROUND

Volozhin Yeshiva was constructed between 1803 and 1806 and is an important touchstone for the origins of European yeshivas and advanced Torah study. Due to the difficulties facing Jewish communities in the region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the yeshiva was continually shut down by the authorities, until it was closed permanently in 1939. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2008 World Monuments Fund supported various projects at the site, including archival research into the history of the building and an architectural and technical appraisal of the structure. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Volozhin Yeshiva paved the way for widespread Torah study in Europe. It stands as an important cultural and architectural landmark in the city of Volozhin and represents an early example of Torah study practices that have now spread around the world. (...)