On the 22nd of January 2016, the Rezekne Green Synagogue was re-opened after its restoration. The Green Synagogue is the only wooden synagogue in Latvia, which was preserved to this day with almost no significant reconstructions.
Restoration of the Green Synagogue, which remained intact during the Second World War, became possible by the joint efforts of the city and European Institutions. The Rezekne City Council in cooperation with “Sam Eyde” Vocational School (Norway), Rezekne Art and Design Secondary School, and Rezekne Technical School (former Vocational School of Eastern Latgale) have participated in the project which was launched on the 14th of December 2013 and was completed by the end of 2015. The project was implemented at the expense of the grants from the state budget, co-financing of the Rezekne City Council and the funds of the European Economic Area financial instrument’s “Preservation and Restoration of Cultural and Natural Heritage” programme.
The Green Synagogue, which remained intact since the middle of the 19th century, is one of the most important cultural monuments of Rezekne.
Synagogue visitors will be able to see the results of very complex and meticulous restoration of an old wooden building, as well as to learn about the traditions and customs of the Jewish people and the history of the Rezekne Jewish Community – a museum with a large photo archive is operating in the synagogue building.
Moreover, it is planned that in the future the premises of the renovated synagogue will host various events (exhibitions, seminars, recitals) related to both culture and traditions of the Jewish people and the history of the city, as well as to restoration and preservation of wooden architecture.
Anyone interested can visit the Green Synagogue free of charge on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 to 15:00.
In any other times, visits should be arranged in advance.
Tourist groups (more than five people) can get acquainted with the Rezekne Green Synagogue outside opening hours if the visit is arranged beforehand over the phone (26615683).
Rezekne, 5 Kraslavas Street
phone: +371 26615683
Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 to 15:00.