Groningen’s synagogue has spent two years curating the exhibits
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the GIC, the Synagogue Groningen on the Folkingestraat has opened its new, permanent, exhibition. The new exhibition aims to tell the stories of Jewish Groningers across history, in word, image, film; and more.
The rich Jewish history of Groningen is being shown through digital storytelling, art, and a programme of live talks. “The Synagogue Groningen is almost turning into a full-size museum, next to its continuing daily cultural and [religious] services”, says the Synagogue.
Aside from daily and personal stories from across history, attention is also paid to the various Jewish names in Groningen’s business history- including the pudding factory Polak, and Simson’s tyre patching.
The Synagogue’s board has long wanted to include a permanent exhibition at the building: “we didn’t just want to tell the story of Jewish life in the City, Province and region, but also make sure that the rich and long contributions of Jewish people to cultural, societal, and economic life”, says Gaby Poell, the chair of the Folkingestraat Synagogue Society.
The opening event is scheduled for Sunday, September 5; and the new exhibition will be accessible for everyone from Tuesday, September 7. For more information and tickets, check out the Synagogue Groningen’s website.