Preservation of the 18th Century Synagogue in Chortkiv, Ternopil Region of Ukraine (Urgent)

Main purpose:


Chortkiv Judaic Religious Community works to encourage the involvement of the Jewish people in the local community in the Jewish way of life, in attending Shabbath and prayers. The organization seeks to renew the religious aspects of the local Jewish community and provide urgent support to the elderly members. To renew the Jewish life in Chortkiv, the organization seeks to preserve and restore the local synagogue.


Project description:


The construction of the Chortkiv Synagogue began in 1754 and was finished in 1771. In 1765 the Jewish population numbered 764 people. By 1921 there were 3314 Jews in the city. The city of Chortkiv was occupied by the Nazis on 6 July 1941. In 1942 the Nazis established a ghetto there. By 1943 most of Jews were either killed or deported to Belzec and the Chortkiv Synagogue was plundered and desecrated. Further damage to the Chortkiv Synagogue was done by the Soviets, who came after the Nazis and began using the sacred building for storage, which continues to this day. 

The Chortkiv Synagogue has historic Hebrew inscriptions, fragments of paintings, stone carvings, and a unique system of space management of the interior. This is a rare example of a defensive type of synagogue with preserved elements of the paintings and inscriptions dating back to the XIX century. 

The project's aim is to preserve the synagogue from further destruction, i.e. to reinforce the overall structure, put up a new temporary roof, seal the cracks, in order to keep the building from collapsing entirely. 

The first and foremost beneficiary of the project would be the local Jewish community of 50 people. However, this project will also benefit the international Jewish community, foreign visitors, and the entire Jewish world heritage. If preservation of the Chortkiv Synagogue does not go through, the Synagogue is expected to fall apart in 3 years' time. It is going to be an irrecuperable loss for the Jewish heritage in Eastern Europe and the world.


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Take a look at what the synagogue looks like today