Wooden synagogue in Žiežmariai

WORTH VISITING:

Wooden synagogue in Žiežmariai is a unique part of Jewish heritage both in Lithuania and in all Eastern Europe as well. It is one of the seventeen extant wooden synagogues in Lithuania and also the biggest wooden synagogue in the region, which soon will be open to interested visitors. 

BRIEF HISTORY:

Since the 16th century both Rabbinical Jews and Karaite Jews communities have settled in Žiežmariai.  However, gradually Karaites left the town and Rabbinical Jews remained the only non-Christian minority in ŽiežmariaiDuring the interwar period, there have been secular Jewish school, theatre, and Maccabi club in Žiežmariai shtetl. A large and active Jewish community could not have existed without prayer house – already in the middle of the 19th century, the first wooden synagogue has been built in town. Although the synagogue has suffered from several fires, each time it has been rebuilt and after the Second World War, it was used as a storage house. 

CURRENT SITUATION:

Due to the initiatives of heritage lovers and protectors in Lithuania after the 1990s this extant wooden synagogue building has been reconstructed respectfully to its historical meaning. There is an intention to open up a wooden synagogue museum here.

LOOKING AROUND:

Historical Jewish quarter in Žiežmariai

The inn of Žiežmariai

Historical Jewish quarter in Kaišiadorys

Historical Jewish quarter in Žasliai

Historical Rumšiškės

Historical Jewish quarter in Darsūniškis

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