Profile of the Synagogue
Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage
Registration No.: 3895688000
Tax No.: 17073910
Subaccount:IBAN SI56 0127 0600 0001 587,
SWIFT BSLJSI2X, Bank of Slovenia
Address and opening times
Židovska ulica 4, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenija
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Openning times: Monday–Friday: 8.00–16.00
Closed: on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays
Admission fee: 1,00 EUR
Admission is free upon presentation of
a valid ICOM, PRESS and SMD card or Maribor City Card.
00386 2 252 78 36 (phone)
00386 2 252 78 37 (fax)
00386 31 680 294 (mobile)
Boris Hajdinjak, Director
Marjetka Bedrač, Programme coordinator
Presentation of the Synagogue
Throughout the eighties of last century there was a broad-based renovation of the old city centre, including renovation of the old Jewish quarter and the synagogue. At that time the building had not been used as a synagogue for over 500 years. Due to the number of renovations, the original appearance was significantly modified. The reconstruction-renovation works of the former synagogue started in 1992. After the first work phase and research work many of the originally hidden architectural elements were discovered within the structure of the building, based upon which it would be possible to reconstruct the central space of the medieval synagogue. The intensive renovation and reconstruction work, which was performed over the following years, was interrupted several times due to lack of funds. Despite being generally encouraged by many foreign institutions and organisations, the renovation of the synagogue was fully financed by the Municipality of Maribor and the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.
Parallel to the reconstruction and renovation work, the content guidelines for operating a cultural centre were conceived, which in April 2001 opened its doors to the public as a new urban cultural space, under the auspices of the Maribor Regional Museum. From the very beginning the basic mission of the Maribor Synagogue after which the centre was named, has been the studying, preserving, cultivating and presenting of Jewish cultural heritage. Contacts with some related domestic and foreign institutions were established during the first years of operation. At the same time more emphasis was put into promoting the centre and encouraging its cultural programmes, including the renovated synagogue as a unique cultural and historical monument for tourists. When organizing cultural, scientific and other public events we try to draw attention to cultural diversities, whilst at the same time reviving the former synagogue as a place for intercultural and interreligious dialogue. In compliance with the renovation project, the synagogue has not been restored as a sacred building and is not applied as such.
In 2006, on the initiative of the Jewish Community of Slovenia and its youth organisation ‘Kadima’, we joined the international project European Day of Jewish Culture, which is swelled each year by additional institutions. For several years the honorary patron of the Project has been the President of the Republic of Slovenia, and in 2010 the Maribor Synagogue became the national coordinator of the Project. In the same year, in cooperation with the ‘Prva gimnazija Maribor’ secondary school, the ‘Shoah – Let Us Remember’ project was designed with the aim of remembering the Holocaust internationally. In cooperation with numerous domestic experts and institutions, a significant part of the programme’s contents is mainly devoted to the history of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.
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