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: http://www.zamekpacov.cz/en/s/tourist-information-centre/accommodation-in-and-around-pacov
We are looking forward to see you in Pacov. RSVP at tikkun@tikkun.cz.
synagogue ideas

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.

Every Little Helps: The 200 Campaign

The synagogue is now owned by the Tikkun Pacov Synagogue Association. After several years we have entered another phase of our efforts, in which we will turn the synagogue into a museum and venue for common-good activities. This year we intend to restore the original entrance, possibly even the original interior layout, and organize a public discussion on the future use of the synagogue.

We have just received the belowmentioned lovely letter with a donation of CZK 200 (ca. US$ 8.5), which along with the forthcoming bicentenary of the Pacov synagogue led us to the following idea: Are there 200 people willing to donate CZK 200 toward the costs of construction work like our graceful correspondent?

Our transparent bank account number is 2701205032/2010. Please do not forget to include the words 200 Campaign as payment description.

Thank you for your help and support.

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 https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpne3aHBtWN/.

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!

Last year’s talk and dramatization revisited

A recording of public talk followed by dramatization of Hans Bader’s memoir of the November 1942 Pacov deportation as performed by Pacov high school students is now available on YouTube (in Czech only). Both took place as part of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Jewish residents from Pacov to Theresienstadt concentration camp which we organized in cooperation with the Černovice Jewish Monument Association on 11 and 12 November 2017 under the title Crossroads and Irreversibilities of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands History. Recorded by Dušan Swalens.