The Synagogue in Sofia: Refuge for the saved Jews of Bulgaria

Written by on November 3, 2016 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on The Synagogue in Sofia: Refuge for the saved Jews of Bulgaria
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The Sofia Synagogue is an object of sightseeing, with lots of international tourists visiting each year. But, even more than that, it is a house of prayer for the few believers among the relatively few Jews living in Bulgaria.

Construction for the synagogue started about 110 years ago. In September 1909, it was inaugurated, in the presence of Bulgaria’s Tsar Ferdinand I. The Jewish community was headed by Rabbi Marcus Ehrenpreis, back then.

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The affiliation of this synagogue is Orthodox Judaism, at least officially, but it actually serves all believing Jews. The religious building was erected to accommodate 1300 worshippers. At this stage, far fewer Jews usually go to attend the services Rabbi Bechor Kachlon provides nowadays.

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Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Imanuel Marcus is the founder and editor-in-chief of foreignersandfriends.com.