Name of synagogue SINAGOGA MARE (GREAT SYNAGOGUE)
Street address 149 ANA IPĂTESCU ST.; coordinates (longitude/latitude): 26.30623579/
City and postcode FĂLTICENI
Website of Jewish community or synagogue (if available) –N/A
Website of Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania: www.jewishfed.ro
Contact at Jewish community (president) GOLD STRUL
Street address of Jewish community: 85 SUCEVEI ST.
Telephone number 0230.542.431 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Street address of Jewish cemetery:
(1) 106 Victoriei St. (new)
Condition of the cemetery? - Good
(2) 76 Brosteni St. (old)
Condition of the cemetery? - Bad
Synagogue facts—you will not find all the answers, but it’s important to ask
When was it built? 1795 (in wood).
Year(s) when it was remodeled or expanded? Reconstructed in 1834 - 1854.
Name of architect(s) – unknown to us
Other synagogues that this architect built – unknown to us
Is it known who designed the brass candelabras etc? – N/A
Is it known who was the artist who painted on the walls? – N/A
How would you describe the condition? - Good
How many Jews lived in this city before the Holocaust? In 1930, there were 4,216 Jews out of a total population of 11,533.
What was its peak year of Jewish population? 19th century.
How many synagogues were in the city then? In the 19th century there were 13 synagogues in the city. In 1916, 34 synagogues and prayer houses.
How many now? 2.
Are the others used as synagogues? - No
If not, what are they used for? – unknown to us
If possible, give their addresses: Synagogue (1890), 35 Bobulescu St.
What was the fate of the Jews of this city during the Holocaust?
On 1941, a concentration camp was established for all Jewish males in Fălticeni plus Lespezi and Liteni villages. About 5,000 Jews from the Fălticeni area were deported in Bessarabia and Transnistria , and only about 3,700 returned at the end of the war.
How many were murdered? (unknown at this point. Still researching).
How many emigrated? The vast majority.
How many live there today? 40, in 2007. Still fewer today (2016).
What are the social services for Jews in the city, if any? – N/A
Congresul Mondial Evreesc. Secțiunea din România, Populația Evreească in cifre. Memento statistic (Bucharest, 1945): 46
FCER, Memoria cimitirelor evreiești (Bucharest, 2007): 42
Pinkas ha-kehilot. Romanyah, vol. 2 (Jerusalem, 1980): 188– 191
Milu Schwartz, “Sinagoga Mare din Fălticeni”, in Revista Cultului Mozaic, no. 229 (1 mai 1970): 6
Arh. Aristide Streja, Arh. Lucian Schwartz, Sinagogi din România (Bucharest, 1996): 96
The Romanian Synagogue Documentation Project
Underwritten by the David Berg Foundation
Grant recipient: Centropa, Vienna, Edward Serotta, Director,
Organizing Partner: The Center for Hebrew Studies and the Goldstein Goren
Center for Israel Studies, University of Bucharest, Felicia Waldman, Coordinator
Researcher: Anca Tudorancea, Center for the Study of the History of Romanian Jews
Photography: Daniel Gruenfeld, Oliver Beck Assistant
Web coordinator: Dragos Parasca