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Brodskaya Synagogue

Description

The history of this synagogue traces back to Jewish immigrants from Austria and Germany who started to arrive in Odessa in the 1820̉s. They were referred to as 'Brodski' Jews as many of them came from the town of Brody (now located in the west of Ukraine).

The building was built in 1863 by architect I.Kollovich in the Gothic Florentine style. This was the first choral synagogue in the south of the empire where the divine service was accompanied with music. Choral synagogues had pompous lines, imposing shape, odd domes; their architecture was meant to reflect the pathos of the ancient Jewish sanctuary, the Jerusalem Temple, yet to give the synagogue a kind of secular European look.

The acoustics in such synagogues was excellent. Unmatched P.Minkovskiy sang in the Brodskaya Synagogue, and the precentor was renowned composer D.Novakovskiy. The Brodskaya Synagogue became the first Reformist temple in the Russian Empire. It was immortalized in the stories by Babel.

In 1925 the synagogue was closed by the commies. The State Odessa Region Archives have been located in the synagogue building since 1944. In 2011 the municipal council planned to hand the building over to the Jewish community. However, it took five more years to fulfil it. Only in June 2016 the key to the former synagogue was formally handed over to the Jewish Community represented by Chief Rabbi Avroom Wolf. He said the following: "The Jewish People have been waiting for this for scores of years to come. We were robbed in 1925, this building was stolen from us. We were not allowed to pray there even though this building was specially built for prayers. We have been waiting for this almost 100 years and finally we have received the symbolic key to the synagogue."


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Location

Downtown.

Street Address

18 Jukovskvovo Street, 65026 Odessa, Ukraine.

Geographical Positions

E30-44'31.8" N46-28'47.4" (E30.742167- N46.479833-).

Map

Last Update

2016.06.20.

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