Name of synagogue (if it has one): SINAGOGA MESERIAȘILOR (CRAFTSMEN’S SYNAGOGUE)
Street address: 1 MĂRĂȘEȘTI ST.
City and postcode: TÂRGU NEAMȚ Website of Federation of Jewish Communities from Romania www.jewishfed.ro
Contact person for synagogue with telephone and email: GRINBERG MARCEL
Contact at Jewish community (if different from above): Piatra Neamț
Street address of Jewish community: 7 Petru Rareș St.
Telephone number and email: 0233/223.815
Street address of Jewish cemetery? 6 Batalion St.
Condition of the cemetery? - Good
Synagogue facts—you will not find all the answers, but it’s important to ask
When was it built? 1857 (1870 in other sources)
Year(s) when it was remodeled or expanded – N/A
Name of architect(s) – N/A
Other synagogues that this architect built – N/A
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 2507 Jews from a total population of 9,475.
What was its peak year of Jewish population? 3593, in 1899 (42% in the city).
How many synagogues were in the city then? 7 - 9 synagogues.
How many now? 1.
Are the others used as synagogues? – N/A
If not, what are they used for? – N/A
If possible, give their addresses. N/A
What was the fate of the Jews of this city during the Holocaust?
In June 1941, Jews from neighboring villages and small towns (Drăguşeni, Cristeşti, Călugăreni, and Hangu) were forcedly moved to Târgu Neamț. Most of them did forced labor.
How many were murdered?
How many emigrated? Majority of the young population, especially to Israel.
How many live there today? In 1992, just 34 Jews lived there; and in 2004 there were 30, in 2010, just 15 (5 men).
What are the social services for Jews in the city, if any? -
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Josef Kaufman, Cronica comunităților israelite din județul Neamțu cuprinzând hrisoave, documente, inscripții, fotografii, vol. 2 (Piatra Neamț, 1929): 248 - 249, 262
Arh. Aristide Streja, Arh. Lucian Schwartz, Sinagogi din România (Bucharest, 1996): 100
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