Center for Jewish Art Inventory of Hungarian Synagogue Buildings #hungary
Those who don't subscribe to Gary Mokotoff"s What's New? E-zine or Jewish Heritage Europe may have missed the following announcement about the Center for Jewish Art's recent report on all of the existing synagogue buildings in Hungary.
Jewish Heritage Europe (JHE) reports that the Center for Jewish Art of Hebrew University in Jerusalem has published a listing and brief description of all known extant synagogue buildings in Hungary. It lists 162 synagogues—about a quarter of the total number of synagogues that existed before World War II.
The JHE report notes that many extant synagogues were recently converted into cultural centers, libraries, concert halls or exhibition galleries. Such usage allows the preservation of the structure in its original form, both exterior and interior, and makes it viable for the local residents. Thus, the memory of the extinct Jewish communities is preserved in a sustainable way.
The 84-page report can be downloaded at https://tinyurl.com/HUHungarySynagogues . The JHE report is at https://tinyurl.com/JHEHungarySynagogues .
Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director