Remuh Cemetery and Synagogue

 

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It is one of only two still active synagogues in Krakow (besides Tempel Synagogue). It was built in 1553 by Israel ben Josef Isserles for his son Rabbi Moses Isserles whose initials in Hebrew spell his popular name “Remuh”. Synagogue is pretty humble and the small - smallest in Kazimierz.


However it is probably the most beautiful one. Inside there is a replica of original Renaissance Ark of the Covenant and bema (pulpit for reading the Torah). By the door to prayer room, a 16th-century collection box can be found. Remuh Cemetery is situated right behing the synagogue and it is one of the most important Jewish cemeteries in Europe. During World War 2 it suffered damage but not that bad as other cemeteries – probably because Nazis failed to understand its significance. As a result, many tombstones have survived here. Some of the oldest graves from late 16th century have been unearthed from beneath the soil. The grave of Remuh is set apart by a low fence and often covered with small stones and pieces of paper, remnants of prayers said at his grave.



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