The premises of the former synagogue in Lutsk transferred to a religious organization

18.04.2021, 11:57
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The premises of the former synagogue in Lutsk were transferred to permanent free use for the needs of the religious organization "Jewish religious community Habad-Lubavichi".

Pavlo Rudetsky, director of the historical and Cultural Reserve in Lutsk, told "Suspilne" about this.

The respective decree was signed by the chairman of the regional state administration. Now in part of the premises, there is a children's and youth sports school, which is being closed. Prior to that, the building was on the balance sheet of the State Historical and Cultural Reserve.

The synagogue is an architectural monument of national significance, located in Lutsk on Danylo Halytsky Street, 33.

"We were instructed to make a transfer agreement, prescribe what the community can do here. The law stipulates that the monument must be maintained, restored, and the user cannot have any rentals," Pavel Rudetsky says about the nuances of transferring the synagogue to a religious organization.

Now the synagogue building is being destroyed. Repairs require a large amount of money, says Hanna Matusovskaya, a representative of the religious organization that was given the building. According to her, they do not have such money, so they will ask the diaspora living in Israel, America and Europe.

According to Hanna Matusovskaya, the religious organization is considering the idea of building a synagogue-Museum in this building. A similar one is now available in Prague.

Since 1981, a sports school and the Dynamo Physical Culture Society have been set up in the former synagogue.

Еhe regional budget for 2021 did not provide money to finance the young dynamo Sports School. 177 children are currently engaged here, and a dozen and a half coaches work here.

For reference: the synagogue in Lutsk was built in the XVII century. According to the Volyn local historian Alexander Kotis, there were remnants of a previous building on the site of the synagogue. Which one is unknown to historians. During the Second World War, the extensions and roof of the prayer hall were completely destroyed.