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.
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 Žiežmariai. During 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.
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.
Historical Jewish quarter in Žiežmariai
The inn of Žiežmariai
Historical Jewish quarter in Kaišiadorys
Historical Jewish quarter in Žasliai
Historical Jewish quarter in Darsūniškis