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New Šančiai Synagogue

Of the 40 or so synagogues and Jewish prayer houses that existed in Kaunas before the war, only eight remain of which just one still functions as it was originally intended. Two synagogues are currently sitting abandoned, both of them owned by the Lithuanian State and one, the beautiful interwar New Šančiai Synagogue, financially maintained due to its status as a cultural heritage object at the dubious expense of the Lithuanian taxpayer.


Our simple plan is to take this unnecessary burden away from the taxpayer and to return the building to the city as an internationally recognised centre of memory, culture and education. With the full support of the local Municipality and the Kaunas Cultural Heritage Department, we’re trying to buy the building for a token sum of €1 and raise the necessary money to renovate it.


In September 2016, we rented the synagogue and staged a six-day installation inside, proving that the building is already fit for purpose and could, during the warmer part of the year at least, be providing the city with a much-needed place for the three activities as outlined above. We hope to be gaining significant momentum with the project during the first half of 2017 and hope to enlarge and update this page very soon.