"Klausen Synagogue" Synagogues Tip by nicolaitan

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The Klausen synagogue is the largest in the Jewish Quarter, despite the name which translates from German as small. It houses the most interesting and enjoyable exhibits of the Jewish Museum and is of particular interest to those not familiar with the Jewish faith. It was built in 1573 by Mordechai Maisel to commemorate the visit of HRE Maximillian II. He imported as rabbi Yehuda Loew, the Maharal. This synagogue was also the base of the burial society whose ceremonial hall is adjacent. The building was rebuilt after a total fire of 1689 and functioned as a Reform synagogue until the Nazi takeover.

This part of the Museum exhibits tradiitions, rituals, and daily life. Jewish holdays and the Sabbath are presented with exhibits on the Bible, Talmud, Torah and its decorative covers. Bar Mitzvah and marriage traditions are also explained. There is a beautiful collection of spice boxes for the service marking the end of the Sabbath. One highlight is a circumcision chair dating to 1805. These exhibits are designed to present an introduction to Judiasm.

The rule against photography is strictly enforced in this synagogue.

Address: Josefov
Directions: From Old-Town Square about 5min north-west.
Phone: +420-224 819 456
Website: http://www.jewishmuseum.cz/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 7, 2006
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