January 20, 2016 | UAH 200 000 Raised for the Space of Synagogues Project

International Fundraising campaign for the implementation of the second part of the project ‘Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Common Heritage and Responsibility’ has already raised about UAH 200 000. Donations came from Ukraine, Austria, United States, Israel, Germany and Great Britain. The campaign is still on. They still need to raise over UAH 1.5 mln, inform the campaign organizers.

The Space of Synagogues project is about establishing a memorial public space on the site of the Jewish quarter in Lviv which used to place two synagogues and the Beth Hamidrash (the House of Learning).

The project leading motto is: ‘Jewish History of Lviv is Part of Common Heritage and Shared Responsibility.’

After almost five years of discussions, consultations and international contests, in July 2015, the project finally started to be implemented on the site of the Jewish quarters. As of today, main conservation works of the remains of the Golden Rose synagogue are over and also marking of the Beth Hamidrash (the House of Learning) outlines is partially completed , weather conditions permitting. For the 2016, they planned to complete marking of the outline contours of the Beth Hamidrash place and to establish the Perpetuation installation.

Main part of the project budget was funded by Lviv City Council and German Society for International Cooperation GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH). However, implementation of the second phase of the project still requires ab. EUR 68,000. Thus, last November, the organizers launched an international fundraising campaign. Over the two months they managed to have raised UAH 190,335 of individual donations. Information about the project is disseminated via the largest genealogical organization of the descendants of Jewish communities of Galicia ‘Gesher Galicia’. The funds are also being raised through the institutions.

Please, note, you can contribute to the Space of Synagogues project, learn more about the Jewish quarters in Lviv inner city and trace the progress of works at the official website: http://Jewish.lviv.travel/