The synagogue in 2019 and our plans for 2020

Originally published by the Z mého kraje monthly in January 2020.

The Tikkun (Hebrew for repair) Pacov Synagogue Association purchased the former Pacov synagogue, located downtown behind the Crystalis bottling plant (where a small park used to be), at the very end of 2018 with funds provided by private donors and municipal aid. The NGO run by local and out-of-town people was established in order to save this important 200-year-old building within the Pacov urban heritage area from falling apart and to use the future renovated synagogue as both a reminder of our former fellow citizens who perished during the Holocaust and a meeting place/educational and cultural venue.

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Structural survey confirms poor condition of synagogue

A floor probe conducted during the structural survey.

A floor probe conducted during the structural survey.

The Brno company Průzkumy staveb conducted a structural survey of the former Pacov synagogue on 20th November 2019 as part of the preparations for an emergency action. The survey was done in order to assess overall conditions of the masonry, flooring, and roof of the synagogue as well as the composition of an additional ferroconcrete ceiling structure installed in the 1960s. A thorough inspection was necessary here and the results are valuable, although not exactly uplifting.

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Synagogue Ideas

Dear friends, please accept our cordial invitation to a public discussion about the future use of the Pacov synagogue which is taking place on Sunday, 4th August 2019, inside the synagogue and main hall of the Pacov chateau. Full schedule can be found here.
There will be free accommodation available in the local high school building (bring your own sleeping bags and mats) for a limited number of persons. You can also book your stay elsewhere in town:
We are looking forward to see you in Pacov. RSVP at
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One of the prayer book fragments we found while exploring the synagogue attic in January and March 2019. This page from Genesis, end of chapter 24, includes verses about a new beginning after a period of grief.

Pacov synagogue will be open to public in August. To arrange your visit please call: 00 32 474 307 130.

Our Fundraising Campaign Is Entering Its Second Phase

On Wednesday, 19th December 2018, we have successfully reached the goal of the first phase of our fundraising campaign thanks to a subsidy granted by the Pacov municipal government. Private individuals donated CZK 839,000 altogether while the Pacov municipality contributed the final CZK 111,000. Later that day the Tikkun Pacov Synagogue Association became the owner of the synagogue, having transferred the total sum of CZK 950,000 into escrow and signed the contract of purchase. Our ownership was officially entered in the Czech land register on Thursday, 17th January 2019, when we also collected the house key.

The synagogue is now free to be restored in a dignified way worthy of one of the most significant Jewish landmarks in Pacov. We are happy to embark on this journey and hope you will keep us company throughout its course.

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising campaign and our efforts to save the Pacov synagogue. We wish you as auspicious 2019 as it will surely be for the Pacov synagogue.

You can of course still contribute towards running costs of our association, which is going to manage the synagogue, and first and foremost towards synagogue restoration. Your help is invaluable to us and will be very grateful for any support.

Last week’s event attracted visitors from Pacov and abroad

Selected pictures from the quick tour of the synagogue and the following klezmer show are now available via our Facebook profile and Láskomina café Insta account at

Thank you to all who attended, helped organizing, or otherwise supported our event. Our fundraising drive is now coming to an end and if we manage to collect the necessary CZK 950,000 in our transparent bank account No. 2701205032/2010 by the end of the year the restoration of the Pacov synagogue can start in a few weeks already. Keep your fingers crossed for us!