The Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot synagogue is the last trace of the Jewish town of Oświęcim (Auschwitz), Poland – a place where Jews thrived for almost 500 years before the community was destroyed during the Holocaust. It is the only Jewish remnant in the area of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The synagogue is part of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, which educates 25,000 Polish and international visitors each year about Jewish history before and during the Holocaust and the need to combat anti-Semitism, racism, and other forms of hatred in our world today.
Now, the historic synagogue is in imminent danger. The synagogue and the adjacent home of the last Jew of Oświęcim, Shimon Kluger, are held up by a retaining wall at dire risk of immediate collapse. When – not if – the retaining wall gives way, it will take the synagogue with it. The only remaining synagogue in Auschwitz will be lost forever.
To both ensure the Center’s structural integrity and its bright future, we must raise $300,000 for construction and renovation this year. Help us guarantee that the last synagogue near Auschwitz will be there to educate future generations.
Help us save the Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot synagogue by supporting us here.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.