Herald News … Exhibition – Former Historic Jewish Community Centers in Europe – Museum of Ethnography – Budapest

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Museum of Ethnography

District, V., 12.  Kossuth Lajos Square – Budapest

Opening: January, 30. noon and can be visited until March, 8. 2015.

The Museum welcomes everyone interested in the latest exhibition titled:  „Used Stones” photographed  by Alpern Bernadette. The exhibition will be opened by Ilan Mor, Israel’s ambassador to Hungary.  Journalist, Ronen Dorfen at the Israeli Hayom, talks about the project and the photos itself.

The Museum hosted an exhibition in accompanying with a program last October  showing  snippet view of Hungarian Jewry rural culture titled: „Stones upon another”.

The historic centers of European Jews once bustling Jewish cultural and religious life now-a-days many standing empty, stand-alone buildings, unused, reconstructed and many recycled synagogues. The modest buildings used to be gathering venues for Jewish Community. These where monumental buildings, and to-day most of them are long forgotten and functioning as concert hall, as museum, as  furniture store, as Olympic training center, as a police station, as fire station, or even as night bars or clubs. Surprisingly, there are also some buildings that are in use as a Catholic church and even mosques as well.

Photographer Alpern Bernadette visited Europe’s 57 abandoned buildings. These were partly modified, endowed with new functionality synagogues at 15 cities in 47 countries.  She captured these former synagogues and recorded them in color slides.

At this exhibition at the Museum of Ethnography visitors may see the reformation of the buildings once-upon-a-time busy in religious life and Jewish cultural which are still standing in the historical centers of the European Jewry.

Opening hours from Tuesday – Sunday 10 a. m. – 6 p. m.
Closed on Monday

Update by Aggie Reiter

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