Within the frames of the Chassidic Route project, the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, in cooperation with the Municipal Council of Krasnik, is carrying out the project of revitalizing the synagogue complex in Krasnik, aiming to create there a cultural center for youths and tourists. It is to become the most important element of the Chassidic Route, along with the synagogue in Zamosc.
The synagogue complex in Krasnik consists of two buildings. The larger, baroque synagogue with fragments of precious polychromy still preserved inside, was erected in the 17th century. The second, smaller synagogue, was probably built in the 1st half of the 19th century.
As a result of social debates, the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, along with the Municipal Council, prepared a coherent function plan of the synagogue complex, meeting the needs of the local community. That is why the main idea of the center is the promotion of multi-culturality.
In the building of the smaller synagogue there will be a modern multimedia library and a lecturers? room, joined with the multimedia Museum of Jews of Krasnik and the Krasnik Region. The second, bigger building will combine several functions: it will contain a center for the local non-governmental organizations dealing with culture, and a hall designed for concerts, conferences and exhibitions. One of the annexes for women, located on the balcony of the bigger synagogue, will serve as a working room for art courses.
Activities conducted in the restored synagogues will involve our local partners: the Municipal Council of Krasnik, the Town Public Library, the Center of Culture and Promotion, the "Za Brama" Foundation and the Voluntary Work Center.
The Foundation already takes up numerous educational activities, aiming to involve the inhabitants of Krasnik in taking care of multicultural heritage of their town. Over the last four years five Krasnik schools participated in the ?To Bring Memory Back? program, created and implemented by the Foundation. Within the program, young people discover multicultural history of their town, learn about the fates of the Krasnik Jews as well as Jewish tradition and culture.1ST PHASE OF RESTORATION WORKS
We are happy to inform that in 2010 the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland has completed the 1st phase of restoration works in the synagogue complex in Krasnik.
Within the 1st phase the following works were conducted:
- dismantling the floors, stairs and ceilings built in the 1980s;
- securing the foundations;
- constructing new ceilings;
- constructing new staircases;
- horizontal and vertical insulation;
- reinforcing the walls;
- constructing a ferroconcrete ?band? around the buildings;
- restoring the roof constructions;- new covering of the roofs;
- applying new external plaster and painting the elevations;
- installing anti-breaking window woodwork in the Great Synagogue.
The activity "Restoration of the synagogue complex in Krasnik - phase I (protective works from further decay)" was implemented within the framework of the project "Revitalization of the Renaissance synagogue in Zamosc for the needs of the Chassidic Route and the local community" which received a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE KRASNIK JEWS: "Chassidic Route. Krasnik"We ask everyone who would like to contribute directly to the saving of the synagogues to contact us or to make a donation into the given bank account for "The synagogue complex in Krasnik".
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