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Tulcea, Romania – synagogue restoration completed

Exterior of restored synaggoue in Tulcea, Romania. Photo: Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities
Exterior of restored synaggoue in Tulcea, Romania. Photo: Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities

Mazel tov! After about four years of work, the fullscale restoration of the synagogue in Tulcea, southeastern Romania, has been completed — the Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities announces that the formal inauguration of the building, built in 1888, will take place August 22.

The Federation posted pictures of the restored building on its Facebook page — we repost a couple of them here to show the beautiful work — we share the full album of pictures on our Jewish Heritage Europe Facebook page.

Interior of restored Tulcea synagogue. Photo: Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities
Interior of restored Tulcea synagogue. Photo: Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities

A tiny (under 40 people) Jewish community still lives in Tulcea. The synagogue was one of three that stood in the town before World War II and had fallen into start disrepair. According to local media (in 2010) the restoration was aided by a grant of 150,000 lei ($45,500) from the government.

 

 

 

6 comments on “Tulcea, Romania – synagogue restoration completed

  1. I am so pleased to see the respect and caring shown by restoration. My mother was born there in 1904. She was part of the Zamphir family. Her father was known as the local druggist and helped with advice in many matters of life. His name was Elieh.

    • Hillel,
      Just saw your comment….both my grandparents were from Tulcea, Romania. Their last name was Samphir (Joe, born in about 1885), Sarah (his wife, born in about 1892). Am wondering if the names are related. (They left in 1944 for Detroit and on to Winnepeg). Thanks for responding.

    • Hello, I’m also happy as my grand father was born in Tulcea in 1875; do you know can I fid more about my ancestors history in Romania – Many thanks, Emmanuel from Paris

      • My paternal great grandmother lived in Tulcea. Don’t know the year she was born — maiden name was Sadofsky. Am traveling there in mid-October. Would love to learn more.

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