The Iosefin Synagogue is a synagogue in the Iosefin district of Timișoara. Built in 1895, it is one of the three large synagogues in the city, and the last still functioning.[2]

Iosefin Synagogue
Sinagoga din Iosefin
AffiliationOrthodox Judaism
LocationGheorghe Pop de Băsești Street, Timișoara
Geographic coordinates45°44′39″N 21°12′20″E / 45.74417°N 21.20556°E / 45.74417; 21.20556
Architect(s)Karl Hart [ro]



The community of Orthodox Jews in Iosefin, formed in 1871, met until 1894 in rented premises.[3] The synagogue was inaugurated on 18 September 1895, on the eve of Rosh HaShanah.[4] Rabbi Bernát Schück, as the leader of the community, made an effective contribution to its construction.[5] Carol Telbisz, the mayor of Timișoara, was also present at its inauguration.[6] Built according to the plans of the architect Karl Hart [ro] in an eclectic style with neo-Moorish, neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic ornaments, the synagogue is modest in size compared to the other two large synagogues in the city.[4] In 1910, the synagogue was enlarged, but photographs from 1914 and 1915 show that the synagogue had only one central dome. Later it acquired its current appearance, with two central domes and two smaller, lateral ones.[4]

In the courtyard of the synagogue there were a cheder (kindergarten), a mikveh (ritual bath) and a shechita slaughterhouse.[7] The Orthodox primary school, established in 1918, moved ten years later to a new building at the end of the courtyard. The marble plaque inside the synagogue commemorates the construction of the school in 1928, honoring the names of those who contributed: First Rabbi Bernát Schück, Community President Jakab Rothbart, architects Arnold Merbl and Jakab Klein and others.[4]

At present, the Iosefin Synagogue is used only on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and holidays.[6]


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  3. ^ Haraszti, György. "Timișoara". The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.
  4. ^ a b c d "Sinagoga din Iosefin". Muzeul Virtual al Evreilor din Timișoara „Prim Rabin Dr. Ernest Neumann”.
  5. ^ Delesega, Gyula (2018). Temesvári kalauz téridőben (PDF). Szórvány Alapítvány. p. 192.
  6. ^ a b Both, Ștefan (24 September 2015). "Povestea sinagogii ortodoxe din Timișoara, singurul loc din capitala Banatului în care se mai roagă evreii". Adevărul.
  7. ^ Vultur, Smaranda (2002). Memoria salvată: evreii din Banat, ieri și azi. Polirom. ISBN 9789736810800.

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