Remuh Synagogue: small, charming and still-working
Wandering around Kazimierz, Jewish District, you will inevitably stop and admire the few still-standing synagogues. Beautiful and full of history, most of them now act as museums or galleries. Of the two still offering services, the Remuh Synagogue is the smallest yet most active, the other one being the Tempel Synagogue on Miodowa Street.
The Remuh Synagogue was built in the early 1550s in the Renaissance style. Its plain limestone walls contribute to an air of simplicity and elegance. It was named after Rabbi Moses Isserles Auerbach, or “Son of Israel”, which is abbreviated in Hebrew as ReMA, or Remu, and known locally as the Remuh. He was famous for his writings on religion and law, to name but a few, and was said to be a miracle worker. Your knowledgeable guide might tell you more about his work. Visiting the interior, you can contemplate the original, magnificent Ark dating back to 1558 and the chair where Remuh used to pray, kept empty.
The Jewish Cemetery adjoining the Synagogue dates back to 1535. In it, you can find the tombstone of Remuh, one of the very few still intact. The cemetery underwent many restorations after being damaged in the war, during which fragments of demolished tombstones were taken and arranged on a wall creating what is today called the Wailing Wall. The Old Cemetery was in use until 1800, when the New Jewish Cemetery was established.
Remuh Synagogue Info
Address: Szeroka 40, Kraków
Map ref: 50.052685, 19.947673
Open to visitors: Sun-Fri: 9am-4pm, Sat: Closed
Images by Stefanie Auger-Roy for Absolute Tours