Synagogues Without Jews: And the Communities that Built and Used Them

Ben-Zion Dorfman, Rivka Dorfman

Publisher: JPS

A National Jewish Book Award Winner

In the face of claims that synagogues no longer remain in the smaller cities and towns of central, eastern, and southern Europe, the authors went in search of these lost synagogues and found the remains and often, to their delight, magnificent renovations. Through words and over 300 exquisite color photographs, the book tells the colorful histories of over 30 Jewish communities-in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, northern Italy, Greece, and the Czech and Slovak republics-that thrived before World War II. It is filled with floor plans, elevations, maps, full-color photographs, and descriptions of the synagogues that were the pride and joy of their congregations. And there are stories of people-of Jews of the past who helped their communities flourish, and of Jews of the present who remain, safeguarding their beloved synagogues and passing their memories on to the next generation.

“A stunning collection of photographs.”

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