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Other Publications of Bet Tfila – Research Unit

Besides to her own two series of publications the Bet Tfila – Research Unit contributes to other publications that are published in cooperation with other institutions. A choice is given here:

Moritz Stern – Geschichte der Alten Synagoge zu Berlin
Moritz Stern

Hermann Simon and Harmen H. Thies (Eds.):

Moritz Stern

Geschichte der Alten Synagogue zu Berlin

21 x 26 cm, 427 pages, 86 b/w illustrations, hardcover, German text
Schriften des Centrum Judaicum, ed. by Hermann Simon; Vol. 1
ISBN 978-3-938485-66-8; 45,80 € (D)
Teetz: Hentrich & Hentrich, 2007

With contributions by Daniela Gauding, Katrin Keßler, Ulrich Knufinke, Simon Paulus, Chana Schütz, Hermann Simon and Harmen H. Thies

This book deals with the previously unpublished manuscript by the long-time librarian of the Berlin Jewish Community, Moritz Stern (1864–1939), on the history of the Old Synagogue in the Heidereutergasse. The volume provides a transcription of the most important chapters of the manuscript kept Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem. The documentation presents next to this edition also an overview of the synagogue's furnishings as well as of history and asdf of its ritual objects. The book also reveals the results of the joint research carried out by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Center for Jewish Art) and the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Fachgebiet Baugeschichte).



Synagogues in Lithuania

Aliza Cohen-Mushlin, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin, Giedrė Mickūnaite, and Jurgita Šiauciūnaitė-Verbickienė (Eds.):

Synagogues in Lithuania

A Catalogue

Vol. 1: A–M:
21,5 x 26 cm, 333 Seiten, 501 Farbabbildungen, Brochur, Text englisch
ISBN 978-9955-854-60-9; vergriffen
Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts, 2010

Vol. 2: N–Z:
21,5 x 26 cm, 472 Seiten, 759 Farbabbildungen, Broschur, Text englisch
ISBN 978-6094-470-04-2; 80,00 $
Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts, 2012

This catalogue contains the following city entries:
Alanta, Alsėdžiai, Alytus, Anykščiai, Balbieriškis, Biržai, Čekiškė, Daugai, Eišiškės, Jonava, Joniškėlis, Joniškis, Kaltinėnai, Kalvarija, Kaunas, Kėdainiai, Klaipėda, Krekenava, Kupiškis, Kurkliai, Laukuva, Lazdijai, Linkuva, Lygumai, Marijampolė, Merkinė, Pakruojis, Panevėžys, Pasvalys, Plungė, Prienai, Pušalotas, Raguva, Ramygala, Rietavas, Rozalimas, Salantai, Seda, Šeta, Šiauliai, Šilalė, Simnas, Širvintos, Skaudvilė, Švėkšna, Telšiai, Tirkšliai, Troškūnai, Ukmergė, Utena, Vabalninkas, Veisiejai, Vilnius, Vištytis, Žagarė, Zarasai, Žasliai, Žemaičių Naumiestis, Žiežmariai.

Synagogues constitute a substantial part of Lithuania’s sacred built heritage. Up until World War II there were about one thousand Jewish prayer houses in cities and towns of Lithuania, whereas today only about one hundred buildings are still extant, many of them abandoned and in varied degrees of preservation. The need for cataloguing the remaining synagogues in their present state, for re- searching, and reviewing their history and architecture, was created by the desire to preserve these buildings at least in written and visual form if not as structures of wood and brick.

This publication offers a catalogue of the 96 extant synagogue buildings identi- fied by a team of Israeli and Lithuanian scholars in 59 localities. It also includes short summaries of the history of these Jewish communities as well as informa- tion on vanished synagogues. The catalogue has two introductory articles: “Synagogues in Lithuania: A Historical Overview” by Vladimir Levin and “Synagogue Architecture in Lithuania” by Sergey R. Kravtsov.

The most voluminous and informative among the entries of this volume is the article on five synagogues preserved in Lithuanian capital Vilnius, and an appen- dix dealing in depth with about one hundred-twenty synagogues, batei midrash, and kloyzn, which once existed in the city. The book is based on recent field research by Lithuanian and Israeli scholars and students, as well as broad range of written and visual sources, surveyed in collections of Europe, Israel, and USA. Beside the geographical entries and relevant synagogues, the volume includes the glossary of special terms, bibliography, indexes of personal and geographical names, and index of Jewish organizations and movements.