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Riga Synagogue, Riga

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The Peitav Synagogue or Peitav-Shul (Latvian: Peitavas ielas sinagoga; Yiddish: פאייטאוו שול‎) is the only synagogue in Riga to have survived the Holocaust and to be currently active. It is a center of the Latvian Jewish community and recognized by the Latvian government as an architectural monument of national significance.
The Synagogue was built 1903-1905, designed by architect Wilhelm Neumann in an art nouveau style. When Riga's synagogues were burned in 1941 by the Nazis and their Latvian collaborators, the Peitav Synagogue was the only one to survive because of its location in the Old Town, adjacent to other buildings. Subsequently, during World War II, the synagogue was used as a warehouse.
Under Soviet rule, the Synagogue was one of the relatively few allowed to remain open in the Soviet Union. After Latvian independence was restored in 1991, the Synagogue was damaged by bombings in 1995 and 1998.
A restoration of the Synagogue, partly funded by the European Union and by the Latvian government, was completed in 2009. The dedication ceremony was attended by Latvia's president Valdis Zatlers and prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis as well as by Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli-Yoel Edelstein.










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  • Part of the experience is the conversation with the men who runs the place. I don’t remember his name and we spoke only Russian but he told us a lot about the Jewish Population in Rīga. Very very sad....  more »
  • Not he easiest place to find,but worth the trouble.Lovely building,and beautiful interior in the Art Deco style.Prior to WW2 there were about 40 Synagogues in Riga,and this,Peitav-Shul,is the only...  more »
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  • Entry 3 euro is little for this place. On the other hand there is no info written inside, you have to ask someone inside, or read about before. They are fluent in English and Hebrew..
  • The only active Synagogue in Latvia. Located in the old city. Difficult to find if you don't have a guide to show you.
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