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Kosovo plans its first synagogue and Jewish museum

Knowing that before the WWII, the Jewish Community of Kosovo possessed both private properties and properties belonging to the community, for the first time in the history, after more than 50 years, the Jewish Community of Kosovo was granted with a building for a long term use by the Government of Kosovo. 
The building is going to be used as Jewish Cultural Center/Synagogue and it is based in the historical city of Prizren/Kosovo, in the very center, and at the same place were the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church and the Mosque is situated. The building needs to be renovated and in this regard a fund raising event is going to be organised in New York, initiated by American - Albanian Community. 

Plans call for the museum to occupy the first floor. On the second floor will be a synagogue, open for Shabbat and festivals. Admission will be free, with all exhibits labeled in English, Albanian and Hebrew.
To bring the project to life, local Jews are working with the municipality of Prizren, as well as the World Jewish Congress and the American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee.    

On the photo: Part of a marble monument on the grounds of Kosovo’s Parliament building in Priština — engraved in Albanian, Serbian, English and Hebrew — that marks the spot where Kosovo’s only synagogue stood until 1963. An inscription on the monument also honors Kosovar Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. 


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