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February 26, 2021

The sole synagogue opened for tourists in Dobrogea

The synagogue of Tulcea was reopened recently, following restoration work, in a ceremony that also marked the opening of the History Museum of the Jews in Northern Dobrogea. Diplomats, officials, notable cultural personalities and tourists attended the event, Agerpres reports.
The re-inauguration ceremony of the only Choral Temple that can be visited in Dobrogea (the southeastern historical province of Romania) started with a religious service rendered by Rabbi Rafael Shaffer and first cantor Iosef Adler. ‘I thank all those who have supported us and made this event possible’, said chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania Aurel Vainer after the service.
The mayor of the City of Tulcea, Constantin Hogea, stated: ‘We reopen  in an almost totally new appearance a building that we, the people of Tulcea, are very proud of. Tulcea is a multi-ethnic community, with 14 minorities living together based on kindness, respect and love to one’s neighbour and God. We are a community where no conflicts have occurred and, as European officials admitted, we are an example of good practices, maybe one of the best in Europe’. The restoration of the synagogue in Tulcea, built in 1880, began in October 2010.

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