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Belarus: Slonim synagogue to become Jewish culture museum?

Slonim synagogue, 2006. Photo: Unomano, via wikimedia
Slonim synagogue, 2006. Photo: Unomano, via wikimedia

 

At long last, the restoration of the the 17th century synagogue in Slonim, Belarus will be completed, with the building set to house a museum of Jewish culture.

According to the Belarusian Telegraphic Agency — which quotes information from the Slonim District Executive Committee — “The project to reconstruct the synagogue will be financed by the Slonim District Executive Committee and Slonim Jews Association in Israel.”

It said a preliminary agreement on joint implementation of the project was reached last August, when representatives of the Slonim Jews Association in Israel visited the district, and then further details were worked out during a visit to Israel in early May by Oleg Targonsky, the Chairman of the Slonim District Executive Committee.

According to the Executive Committee  a tender will be held soon to choose an organization to make plans and preparations for work on the building. The planning work is to be completed by next spring.

According to the World Monument Fund, which two decades ago put the Slonim synagogue on its Watch List of 10 Jewish heritage preservation priorities and which funded restoration work on the building in the early 2000s, “the baroque structure that has overlooked the Slonim city marketplace since 1642 remains the best preserved synagogue in Belarus, despite decades of neglect and vandalism.”

The building, with its dramatic gabled roof and imposing exterior, features an impressive group of paintings and carvings, including a collection of murals depicting musical instruments, scrollwork, and biblical scenes. Though built for the city’s once-sizeable Jewish community, in recent years Slonim has undergone substantial deterioration, largely as a result of the decimation of the local population during World War II and subsequent disuse of the synagogue. The building was used as a warehouse and was subject to vandalism, resulting in serious structural problems. When WMF began work at the site, the building’s roof had partially collapsed and its walls were structurally unstable.

 

Slonim synagogue interior, 1990. Photo: World Monuments Fund
Slonim synagogue interior, 1990. Photo: World Monuments Fun

 

Click to read report on the Slonim Executive Committee web site

Click to read full Belarusian Telegraphic Agency article

Click here to read the World Monuments Fund material on the Slonim synagogue

Click to read the Shtetl Routes pages on Slonim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A museum of Jewish culture will be set up in the 17th-century synagogue in Slonim, BelTA learned from the ideology, culture and youth affairs department of the Slonim District Executive Committee. The project to reconstruct the synagogue will be financed by the Slonim District Executive Committee and Slonim Jews association in Israel. Preliminary agreement on joint implementation of the project was reached in August last year when representatives of the Slonim Jews association in Israel visited the district. The specific steps and the terms of participation were discussed during a visit of Chairman of the Slonim District Executive Committee Oleg Targonsky to Israel in early May, the department informed. The synagogue sits in the heart of Slonim. It was built in the mid-17th century. The building has been conserved. Original interior elements have survived inside the building. Previously Jews accounted for over 80% of the Slonim population. Today the homeland of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents attracts their descendants from other countries. The museum of Jewish culture could become one of the sites of pilgrimage tourism, which has been gaining momentum lately, and help attract additional visitors to the town,” the department noted. There are plans to include the project to reconstruct the synagogue into one of the cross-border cooperation programs. Soon a tender will be held to choose an organization that will prepare design and estimate documentation. The planning work is to be completed within a year. Then the scope of works and the project schedule will be outlined.
Read full text at: http://eng.belta.by/culture/view/jewish-culture-museum-to-be-set-up-in-17th-century-synagogue-in-slonim-91297-2016/
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A museum of Jewish culture will be set up in the 17th-century synagogue in Slonim, BelTA learned from the ideology, culture and youth affairs department of the Slonim District Executive Committee. The project to reconstruct the synagogue will be financed by the Slonim District Executive Committee and Slonim Jews association in Israel. Preliminary agreement on joint implementation of the project was reached in August last year when representatives of the Slonim Jews association in Israel visited the district. The specific steps and the terms of participation were discussed during a visit of Chairman of the Slonim District Executive Committee Oleg Targonsky to Israel in early May, the department informed. The synagogue sits in the heart of Slonim. It was built in the mid-17th century. The building has been conserved. Original interior elements have survived inside the building. Previously Jews accounted for over 80% of the Slonim population. Today the homeland of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents attracts their descendants from other countries. The museum of Jewish culture could become one of the sites of pilgrimage tourism, which has been gaining momentum lately, and help attract additional visitors to the town,” the department noted. There are plans to include the project to reconstruct the synagogue into one of the cross-border cooperation programs. Soon a tender will be held to choose an organization that will prepare design and estimate documentation. The planning work is to be completed within a year. Then the scope of works and the project schedule will be outlined.
Read full text at: http://eng.belta.by/culture/view/jewish-culture-museum-to-be-set-up-in-17th-century-synagogue-in-slonim-91297-2016/
If you use BelTA’s materials, you must credit us with a hyperlink to eng.belta.by.
A museum of Jewish culture will be set up in the 17th-century synagogue in Slonim, BelTA learned from the ideology, culture and youth affairs department of the Slonim District Executive Committee. The project to reconstruct the synagogue will be financed by the Slonim District Executive Committee and Slonim Jews association in Israel. Preliminary agreement on joint implementation of the project was reached in August last year when representatives of the Slonim Jews association in Israel visited the district. The specific steps and the terms of participation were discussed during a visit of Chairman of the Slonim District Executive Committee Oleg Targonsky to Israel in early May, the department informed. The synagogue sits in the heart of Slonim. It was built in the mid-17th century. The building has been conserved. Original interior elements have survived inside the building. Previously Jews accounted for over 80% of the Slonim population. Today the homeland of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents attracts their descendants from other countries. The museum of Jewish culture could become one of the sites of pilgrimage tourism, which has been gaining momentum lately, and help attract additional visitors to the town,” the department noted. There are plans to include the project to reconstruct the synagogue into one of the cross-border cooperation programs. Soon a tender will be held to choose an organization that will prepare design and estimate documentation. The planning work is to be completed within a year. Then the scope of works and the project schedule will be outlined.
Read full text at: http://eng.belta.by/culture/view/jewish-culture-museum-to-be-set-up-in-17th-century-synagogue-in-slonim-91297-2016/
If you use BelTA’s materials, you must credit us with a hyperlink to eng.belta.by.
A museum of Jewish culture will be set up in the 17th-century synagogue in Slonim, BelTA learned from the ideology, culture and youth affairs department of the Slonim District Executive Committee. The project to reconstruct the synagogue will be financed by the Slonim District Executive Committee and Slonim Jews association in Israel. Preliminary agreement on joint implementation of the project was reached in August last year when representatives of the Slonim Jews association in Israel visited the district. The specific steps and the terms of participation were discussed during a visit of Chairman of the Slonim District Executive Committee Oleg Targonsky to Israel in early May, the department informed. The synagogue sits in the heart of Slonim. It was built in the mid-17th century. The building has been conserved. Original interior elements have survived inside the building. Previously Jews accounted for over 80% of the Slonim population. Today the homeland of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents attracts their descendants from other countries. The museum of Jewish culture could become one of the sites of pilgrimage tourism, which has been gaining momentum lately, and help attract additional visitors to the town,” the department noted. There are plans to include the project to reconstruct the synagogue into one of the cross-border cooperation programs. Soon a tender will be held to choose an organization that will prepare design and estimate documentation. The planning work is to be completed within a year. Then the scope of works and the project schedule will be outlined.
Read full text at: http://eng.belta.by/culture/view/jewish-culture-museum-to-be-set-up-in-17th-century-synagogue-in-slonim-91297-2016/
If you use BelTA’s materials, you must credit us with a hyperlink to eng.belta.by.

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