Monday, February 21, 2011

New Synagogue Is Opened In Hamelin, Germany; First German Reform Synagogue Built Since WW II

The first Jewish reform synagogue to be built in Germany since the Holocaust was officially opened on Sunday (February 20, 2011), in the western town of Hamelin, according to the Monsters and Critics website.

The Jewish cultural center was built on the site of an old synagogue that was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938.

The place of worship was inaugurated by rolls of the Torah scripture, on which all Jewish laws are based, being placed in their designated storage cupboards at the front of the synagogue.

The scrolls -- which are more than 100 years old -- originated in Germany and were returned by New York Rabbi Jo David.

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