Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum in Bucharest is located in the former Templul Unirea Sfântă (United Holy Temple) synagogue, originally named the Tailors’ Synagogue, which survived both World War II and Nicolae Ceauşescu.

The museum gives broad coverage of the history of the Jews in Romania. Displays include an enormous collection of books written, published, illustrated, or translated by Romanian Jews; an archive of the history of Romanian Jewry; a collection of paintings of and by Romanian Jews that, while relatively small, consists of works of a calibre worthy of a major art museum (many of the same artists’ works hang in the National Museum of Art); memorabilia from Jewish theaters including the State Jewish Theater; a medium-sized display devoted to Zionism; a small but pointed display of anti-Semitic posters and tracts; two rooms off to a side, one dealing with the Holocaust era from a historical point of view, the other a Holocaust memorial; discussion of both favorable and unfavorable treatment of the Jews by various of Romania’s historic rulers; in short, a museum devoted to looking seriously at the history of a particular ethnic group within a society.

This is not a museum that sees the exodus of the majority of the country’s surviving Jews to Israel as a culmination: this museum is focused more on what that means for those who have stayed, what is the continuing contribution of Jews to Romanian culture, what has been, what is, and what will be the role of Jews in Romania.

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Jewish Museum
44.428448, 26.108322
Schedule: Mon-Wed, 9am – 1pmThu, 9 am – 12.30 am , 3pm – 6pmAddress: Mamulari Str., nr. 3Get there by:Metro: M1, M2 and M3 in Piata Unirii Sq.Bus: 104,116,117,123,313,385, The Sight seeing
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