Almost fifty years after the Augsburg synagogue in Halderstraße was restored, the entire building complex needs to be renovated. On Tuesday, March 14, the Bavarian Minister of Art Markus Blume visited the Augsburg synagogue. The occasion was the pledge of the Free State of Bavaria to cover a share of the costs of the upcoming renovation of the synagogue. Markus Blume symbolically presented the Jewish Community of Swabia-Augsburg (IKG) with a check for nearly 4.7 million euros. The money comes from the compensation fund of the Free State. We are very pleased with the Jewish Community of Swabia-Augsburg about this important funding!
During his visit, Markus Blume emphasized the outstanding religious and historical significance of the synagogue. Afterwards, he visited the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum.
Since the summer of 2022, the historic synagogue on Halderstraße has been undergoing renovation work at a total cost of 26 million euros. The project, which is scheduled to last several years, includes both the synagogue and the community buildings at Halderstrasse 6-8, which house the community’s premises as well as the Jewish Museum Augsburg Swabia. As part of the renovation, the permanent exhibition is expected to close for a year and the offices also relocate. During the closure period, the museum will not go dormant, but rather will become even more active in the city. With forms of outreach – including our mini-exhibition on a cargo bike – we will meet people in their everyday lives and enter into conversation with them.
In addition to the Free State of Bavaria, the federal government and other sponsors, the Jewish Community of Swabia-Augsburg is bearing ten percent of the renovation costs itself. Anyone who would like to support the preservation of the architectural monument in Halderstraße with a donation can find more information on the website of the Jewish Community of Swabia-Augsburg.