Sephardic SIG #Sephardim (Portugal-Azores) Historic Synagogue Rededicated After Renovation--Museum and Archive on Jews of Azores #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen

Shaar Hashomayum Synagogue in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal was been
rededicated on April 23 and renovated and will serve as a museum and archive
devoted to Jewish history of the Azores.

The synagogue was last used in in the 1950's. The Lisbon Jewish Community
donated the synagogue to Ponta Delgado City Hall on a 99-year concession in
exchange for guarantees that it would be restored.

Ponta Delgada, on the island of San Miguel, is the capital of the Azores.
There were once five synagogues in the city, but Shaar Hashomayum Synagogue,
is the only one that remains. It was built around 1820 and consecrated in
1836 -- the oldest synagogue in Portugal built after the Inquisition.

To read more about this in Jewish Heritage Europe see:
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and more background is available at:
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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