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Szczebrzeszyn

Yiddish: Shebreshin

This little town, where before the war 50% of the population was Jewish, has a handsome late Renaissance synagogue dating from the beginning of the 17th century and located at ul. Sadowa 3. It is now home to alocal cultural centre. Its present appearance is the result of reconstruction works carried out between 1957 and 1963. Up to that time the synagogue was in a sorry state; in 1940 the vaults collapsed after being set on fire by the Germans. Here you can see the original stone framework of the aron ha-kodesh with the words "I keep the Lord always before me" (Psalm 16:8) and the stucco adorned with symbolic motifs. At the cemetery in ul. Cmentarna you can find matzevot dating from as early as the beginning of the 18th century. In keeping with ancient tradition the cemetery contains separate sections for men and women.

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The texts presented here were originally published in the guide Where the Tailor Was a Poet..., by Adam Dylewski (Pascal).
The Synagogue, photo: A.Olej&K. Kobus:

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