Restoration of the Primariei (Teleki) Street (Hinech Neorim) orthodox synagogue in Oradea, in western Romania near the border with Hungary, is nearing completion and inauguration is scheduled for October. Plans are to establish a Jewish museum there.
“Works are underway and will be finalized in the first week of October, which will allow us to organize a ceremony commemorating Holocaust victims on October 9,” Oradea Mayor Ilie Bolojan said in a statement carried on the City Hall web site. October 9 is Romania’s official Holocaust Remembrance Day.
He said the in the second stage of the works, a Jewish museum will be installed in there, “that will reflect the contribution of the Jewish community to the beauty of the city of Oradea.”
The synagogue, constructed in the late 1920s and designed by the architect Istvan Pinter, is the last to have been built of the six synagogues in Oradea that still stand today. After the Holocaust, it was long used as a vegetable warehouse.
The building is owned by the Jewish community, but, as we reported earlier, the Heritage Property Department of Oradea took over the management in 2016. The approximately €80,000 restoration, according to the City Hall web site, began in May and included repairs to the roof, interior and exterior surfaces, replacement of the flooring, and installation of renewed heating.
The restoration of the building is the latest in a series of synagogue restorations in the town,
The magnificent Zion Synagogue, a towering landmark on the bank of the Cris river in the city center that served the Neolog community, was rededicated in 2015 after a full restoration and now serves as a cultural center.
The Jewish community uses two synagogues that stand in the community compound. The Great Synagogue was rededicated in September 2017 after an eight-year renovation of both the exterior and interior.
The synagogue, which seats 1,050 people, was designed by the architect Bách Nándor and built in eclectic style in 1890. Next to it stands a small synagogue, which has not been renovated, but is also used by the community.