The domed synagogue in Augsburg, Germany (which anchors a major Jewish museum) celebrates its centenary this year and has just released its “Jubilee Program” — a series of events in April, May, and June to mark the occasion.
The program includes lectures, meetings, exhibitions, and concerts — as well as more than a dozen opportunities to take scheduled guided tours of the building.
As we reported, the German Culture Ministry has announced a €6 million grant toward a general renovation of the synagogue as part of anniversary initiatives.
Designed by Fritz Landauer and Heinrich Lömpel, the building has a domed central structure and was constructed between 1913 and 1917.
It was devastated on Kristallnacht, 1938, and renovated between 1974 and 1985, when it was reopened and rededicated, with the sanctuary remaining a place of worship. The building’s west wing houses the Augsburg-Swabia Jewish Culture Museum, which was founded in 1985 as the first independent Jewish museum in postwar Germany. Its permanent exhibition celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.