The Cluj Neolog Synagogue

This is the Neolog Synagogue in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  This synagogue was built for the Neolog community, which is not Orthodox.  It is now called the Synagogue of the Martyrs. It is the only functioning  synagogue in the city.  It was damaged a couple of different times and lastly restored in 1951.  It is dedicated to the memory of those deported and killed in the Holocaust.

Cluj-Napoca is considered the capital of Transylvania.  The first record of Jewish inhabitants was in the late 1400s.  In the 17th and 18th centuries, Jews were only allowed to settle in one city, Alba-Yulia.  That is the city which Baruch and I were in on Sunday night and all day Monday last week.  I will be posting about Alba-Yulia next.

There were over 16,000 Jewish residents of Cluj which were deported during the Holocaust.  Now there are about 500.

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