Tallinn Synagogue

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Tallinn Synagogue
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Basic information
Location Estonia Tallinn, Estonia
Geographic coordinates 59°26′19″N 24°46′00″E / 59.43861°N 24.76667°E / 59.43861; 24.76667Coordinates: 59°26′19″N 24°46′00″E / 59.43861°N 24.76667°E / 59.43861; 24.76667
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Status Active

Rabbi Shmuel Kot

Chairman Mr. Boris Oks
Architectural description

KOKO architects Kaur Stöör, Tõnis Kimmel, Liis Lindvere, Raili Paling, Andrus Kõresaar

Architectural style Modern
Completed 2007
Construction cost $4,000,000
Capacity 180
Materials Glass and concrete

Tallinn Synagogue, (Estonian: Tallinna sünagoog), also known as Beit Bella Synagogue,[1] is located in Estonia’s capital city. The privately funded synagogue in central Tallinn was inaugurated on May 16, 2007. The building is an ultramodern, airy structure, which can seat 180 people[2] with additional seating for up to 230 people for concerts and other public events. It received global attention as it was the first synagogue to open in Estonia since World War II.

The original synagogue, built in 1883, was not rebuilt after being destroyed in March 1944 during a Soviet air bombing raid on Tallinn, which at the time was occupied by Nazi Germany - the city then became the only post-war European capital without a synagogue. Tartu, a university town in southeastern Estonia and the second largest city in Estonia, also had a synagogue which was destroyed during World War II.

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  1. ^ Euro-Asian Jewish Congress May 18, 2007: Estonia's Only Synagogue Opened in Tallinn Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Jackson, Patrick (May 16, 2007). "Estonia opens first new synagogue". BBC. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 

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