Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What does it take to design a synagogue today?

Synagogue i Graz, Austria, built in 2000 on site of magnificent synagogue destroyed on Kristallnacht. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber
You can see a lot about pre-World War II synagogue architecture on this web site… but what does it take to design a synagogue today? Only a small number of new synagogues have been built in Europe in recent decades. Often they stand of the site of synagogues destroyed in World War II. Plans for a proposed new synagogue in Dessau-Rosslau, Germany, were unveiled at the end of February, a round-walled structure like a squat upright column, with many thin vertical windows and a low dome, that would occupy the site of the ornate synagogue destroyed on Kristallnacht, November 1938. Costs for the project are estimated at €2.5 million. [link]