The Trenčín Synagogue experienced a historic moment in 2020 - it was included among the monuments that were supported by EEA Grants and the state budget. However, the funds obtained will not be enough for the complete reconstruction of this more than 100-year-old building. The total amount of eligible costs is one million euros, but thanks to the "Norwegian" project, we can only restore about half of the interior.
Last year was for The Trenčín Synagogue very important - it was included among the monuments that were supported by EEA Grants and the state budget. However, the funds obtained will not be enough for the complete reconstruction of this more than 100-year-old building. The total amount of eligible costs is one million euros, but thanks to the "Norwegian" project, we can only restore about half of the interior.
The Trenčín Synagogue reopened to the public during the first weekend of September. The cultural and information center organized a walk through the city, which was full of interesting information. Dozens of visitors learned more not only about the history of the synagogue itself, but also about other places related to the Jewish community in Trenčín.
The library of the Trenčín Museum boasts a rich collection of rare historical prints. The Babylonian Talmud from the end of the 18th century is also part of its collection. However, the book was no longer in good condition. Therefore it was included among the four works that underwent several months of professional restoration.
The US Ambassador to Slovakia Bridget A. Brink visited the Trenčín region for the first time. During the past weekend, she visited the cities of Trenčín and Trenčianske Teplice. She also visited the synagogue in Trenčín, which she overlooked in the company of members of the Jewish Community. The history of this unique place, as well as the restoration project, which is gradually beginning, was introduced to the American Ambassador by president of community Oľga Hodálová.
After a long time, the Trenčín Synagogue opened its doors to the press public. An introductory conference of the project of restoration of this unique building took place on its premises on 2. June, 2021. The area, which will soon be renovated, was visited by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Slovakia, representatives of the Ministry of Investment, local government representatives, the Regional Monuments Office in Trenčín and the Regional Tourism Organization. The event took place under strict anti-pandemic measures.
The Jewish community of Trenčín has spent years trying to save a unique synagogue in the center of the historic city. Now can begin its recovery thanks to a project funded by EEA Grants and the state budget. We will present it to the public through a press conference on 2. June in the synagogue.
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From 1911, information began to appear in the local Hungarian-German newspaper Vágvölgyi Lap related to the urgent need to build a new Jewish synagogue. After the general assembly of the Jewish community, led by its chairman Henrik Kácser, elected a new building committee on October 28, 1910, the search began for suitable land under the synagogue.
The Jewish community Trenčín was successful with its project "Restoration, Reconstruction and Revitalization of the Synagogue in Trenčín". Funding for the repair of the synagogue and the subsequent creation of a cultural center was obtained from EEA Grants and the state budget of the Slovak Republic. It thus ranked among the first 12 successful applicants to succeed under the Culture Program, redistributing 10,158,938 EUR among them.