Heritage & Heritage Sites

 

An Association to Protect Synagogues, Jewish Cemeteries, and Cultural Monuments was established in 2003 with the support of the Georgian government.

World Congress of Georgian Jews

Web site with news, information, history, photo galleries, videos, etc

 

TBILISI

 

Article by Konstantine Lerner on the Jewish community of Tbilisi, on the Bet Hatfutsot web site

 

Great Synagogue

45-47 K. Leselidze street

Built in 1895-1903, the large, red-brick complex with arched windows and dome includes Tbilisi’s central synagogue (also called the Georgian synagogue), a smaller prayer house, a mikveh, a kosher slaughter house and storage spaces. It was restored in 2011.

Article on the Great Synagogue on the Bet Hatfutsot web site

 

Ashkenazi Synagogue

Built in 1893 for the Mountain Jewish community, it became the Ashkenazi synagogue after World War II. Seriously damaged in an earthquake in 1991, it was totally reconstructed in 2008-2009 under the sponsorship of the president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.

 

ELSEWHERE IN GEORGIA

 

BATUMI

Stone Synagogue, with a flat facade, arched windows and turret-like side towers, built in 1900-1904 on the site of a wooden synagogue. It was restituted to Jewish ownership in 1992 and since then has served as the local Jewish center.

ONI

Moorish-style Synagogue with a tall dome,  built in 1890-95. It was damaged in an earthquake in 1991 but refurbished. Further renovation took place in 2015, in time for the building’s 120th birthday.

A 2009 article in Tablet Magazine describes it as a:

handsome building with arching windows and a rounded architectural dome of a silver color. The inner ceiling is shaped like a giant pop-over, inlaid with a myriad of small skylights. A mural of colorful mountains beneath an impressionistic, purple-streaked horizon decorates the ceiling panel above the Torah Reader’s platform.

 Click to see lengthy article, with pictures, describing the synagogue

 

QUTAISI

Synagogue

Built in 1886 and designed by an unknown architect, the building has a flat facade with false arches and a protruding portico over the entry. The synagogue complex, which includes a mikveh and a yard, have been under reconstruction sponsored by the president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.