Poland's Jews celebrate reopening of synagogue

AP News
Posted: Apr 05, 2011 10:28 AM
Poland's Jews celebrate reopening of synagogue

Jewish leaders and foreign dignitaries have gathered to celebrate the reopening of an important Renaissance synagogue in Poland.

The synagogue is a jewel of Renaissance architecture located in the eastern Polish town of Zamosc. It is considered one of the most important surviving synagogues in a country that was home to Europe's largest Jewish community before the Holocaust.

A ceremony Tuesday was attended by several ambassadors to Poland, including those from the United States, Germany, Israel and Norway. Norway funded most of the restoration work.

Amid the festivities, Poland's chief rabbi affixed a mezuzah at the door. A mezuzah is a decorative box containing a religious scroll attached to the doors of Jewish homes and synagogues.