Built in 1558, the Remuh Synagogue was named for Rabbi Moses Isserles, famed for writing a collection of commentaries of the Shulchan Aruch. The origin of the synagogue is somewhat up for debate: some believe that Isserles’ father, a royal banker and merchant, founded it for his son, whereas other evidence indicates it was built in memory of Isserles’ mother, Malka.
The synagogue underwent many renovations over the centuries, thanks to fires and the constant changing of ownership. The building in its current state dates back to a restoration from the 1820s, although there were some improvements made after World War II. During the war, the German Trust Office took control of the synagogue and used it for storing equipment. Although the building remained intact, many historic, ceremonial finishes – the bimah, included – were ruined. The Remuh Synagogue underwent its last major renovation in 1957.
When you visit the synagogue, you can find the Jewish Remuh Cemetery next door. Dating back to the mid-16th century, the Cemetery is renown for being the burial site of many notable Polish Jews, including Rabbi Moses Isserles. Once a year, on the anniversary of the Isserles’ death, many Jews from all around the world come and pay tribute to this important figure in Jewish history.
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