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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

18th Century Synagogue to go on display at Israel Museum

On July 26th, the Israel Museum will open the doors on the most recent addition to its 'Synagogue Route', a section of the Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life that features historic synagogues that have been rescued from around the world.  Featured in the new exhibit will be a synagogue that was built in 1736 in Suriname (a small South American country on the Atlantic coast between Guyana, French Guyana and Brazil) which closed its doors after more than two and a half centuries of Jewish communal life. 

Originally situated in Suriname's capital, Paramaribo, the synagogue, named Tzedek ve-Shalom, stopped functioning as a house of worship in the 1990s, and to prevent its historical and cultural heritage from being lost to future generations, the trustees of the synagogue agreed to allow the Israel Museum to restore and preserve the interiors and furnishings of the building for an exhibit at the museum facilities in Israel.

In related news, a Haredi kollel is slated to be established in this newly refurbished Tzedek ve-Shalom synagogue exhibit at the museum, and the public will only be allowed to view the historic synagogue's artwork and fixtures between 06:00 and 06:45 in the morning, and between 17:00 and 17:45 in the afternoon on weekdays during months that observe only one day of Rosh Hodesh.  An additional fee will be charged for entrance to the synagogue exhibit to compensate the kollel for the intrusion on their studies.

~Hamayvin Yavin~

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Posted by David Bogner on May 26, 2010 | Permalink


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Heivanti. But you know it might be an interesting sight to see a bunch of charedi guys making their way every day and hanging out at the Israel Museum from 7am to 5pm. Sorta l'hitnachel balivavot?

Posted by: Risa | May 26, 2010 9:18:07 AM

That was gratuitous and uncalled for. When it's earned fine, but this wasn't earned. I expect much better from you.

Posted by: Henry | May 26, 2010 4:41:47 PM

I work at the Hurva, and may be the "very polite" guard mentioned in the JPost article. Just to make it clear - the synagogue is open to everyone (men and women) from 6am to 9am and from 6:40pm to 8pm. From 9-6pm you have to schedule a reservation and pay for the guided tour. If it wasn't for this arrangement study in the synagogue would not be possible.

And there's no reason to curse, threaten or attack the guards since we do not make the rules.

Posted by: anonymous | May 26, 2010 5:35:00 PM

As wonderful as having a Kollel in the Churva may be, was it restored with public funds or only with private monies?

The Israeli taxpaying public would justifiably take issue with these restrictions placed upon them.

Posted by: Yossi | May 26, 2010 7:14:11 PM

They've done it with the Kotel tunnels, too. (Here's the link -- feel free to delete if you feel it's inappropriate)

Posted by: Rahel | May 26, 2010 11:55:16 PM

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