Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sephardim in Eastern Europe. The Sephardi Synagogue in Sighetu, Rumania

My good friend Ian Pomerantz directed me to this series of great photos of the Synagogue in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania (Incidentally the birthplace of Eli Wiesel). The edifice was built between 1900 and 1904 by the Sephardic community and was frequented by both the Sephardi and Ashkenazi communities of Sighetu.

It is one of the only remaining examples of a completely intact Romanian Sephardi esnoga with full Moorish architecture from the mid 19th century.

More on the the Jewish community of Sigheti Marmatiei.

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At Sunday, November 29, 2009 10:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Wednesday, December 09, 2009 8:11:00 PM, Anonymous Avi said...

"with full Moorish architecture"

actually pseudo-Moorish would be a more accurate phrase. in 19th century synagogues you regularly encounter such oriental elements (historism); very often btw these synagogues were non-jewish architects, who also built churches in a pseudo-medieval/gothic style. The architectural history of synagogues is actually very interesting; i think there also some good books on the topic.

thanks for these interesting pictures

At Sunday, December 13, 2009 6:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wheres the advertised Spinoza article?

At Monday, December 14, 2009 11:45:00 AM, Blogger Ha-historion said...

Advertised where?

The Spinoza article is at the following link.

Thanks for visiting!

At Monday, December 21, 2009 8:15:00 PM, Anonymous Sigeter said...

Think you made a major mistake here.

These weren't Sefardim, but a spin-off of the Orthodox Congregation who refused to allign themselves with the central orthodox office in Budapest. and were the antagonists of Rabbi teitelbaum - the father of the Satmar rav.

The name sefardim was a legal necessity. as each congregation had to choose between orthodox, neologue & status qua.

At Wednesday, December 23, 2009 1:14:00 AM, Blogger Ha-historion said...

Sigeter, I am well aware of the Teitelbaums "sephardic" kehilla, in fact I posted about it here

You may not be aware of it but Romania had numerous authentic Sephardic (Spanish and Portugese) communties complete with their own Synagogues, Rabbis and mikvaot etc.

It seems that most of these communtities (save for the one in Bucharest) did not survive and assimilated into the Ashkenazic majority.

The author Yakov Geller wrote an exhaustive study on this in Hebrew.

At Thursday, December 24, 2009 11:48:00 PM, Anonymous Sigeter said...

Seems like my words were misunderstood. These weren't Rabbi teitelbaum's chassidim but his misnagdim!

The name sefardim had nothing to do with Nusach sefard but rather w/ a legal loophole needed to create a new kehilla when in the existing orthodox one, rabbi teitelbaum was the rov.

At Monday, December 28, 2009 6:23:00 PM, Blogger Ha-historion said...

This is strange (not to mention confusing)in Klausenberg (Cluj), Rabbi Teitelbaum (brother of the first Satmar Rav) founded the "sephardic kehilla" in 1878 because he did not recognize the Rabbi of the town who was a religious Zionist (R' Glasner). In Sighet the exact opposite phenomenon occurred?!


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