The Jewish community began to form in Bobruisk as early as the first half of the 16th century. By the end of the 19th century, more than 20 Jews lived in the city, at that time it was about 000% of the population. Therefore, it is not surprising that the list of Bobruisk synagogues included dozens. According to some reports, the total amount was about 40 synagogues. Most of these buildings are now lost, but some have survived and are worthy of attention. This article has collected former and current Bobruisk synagogues.

Great synagogue on Socialist street 36

This building was built in the early 20th century and was used as a yeshiva. However, in 37, a few years before the start of the war, the Jewish High School was closed. An army warehouse settled within the walls of the synagogue.

Great synagogue on Socialist street 36

Main synagogue in Bobruisk old photo
This is how the synagogue looked originally, photo before 1917

After, for some time, the building was empty, then a sewing workshop was located here.

Bobruisk synagogues

At the beginning of the 21st century, in 2002, the synagogue was returned to the Jewish community of Bobruisk.

Synagogues of Bobruisk list

Synagogue on Socialist 34

Next to the previous synagogue, there was another one, but in a neighboring building.

Synagogue on Socialist 34

The old synagogue on the Socialist in Bobruisk
1932, then this is Muravyovskaya street

During the Soviet period, a sports hall was located within the walls of this synagogue. Today this address is listed city ​​house of culture and sportsas well as an aikido school. True, I didn’t see much activity passing by the entrance, perhaps a day off.

Bobruisk synagogues photo

Synagogue on Pushkin Street, 110

Nothing reminds of the fact that there was once a synagogue in the building on Pushkin Street. Here today Bobruisk Department of the Committee of Forensic Expertise of the Republic of Belarus. The building dates from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.

Former synagogue in Bobruisk on Pushkin street 110

Synagogue in Bobruisk on the old Slutskaya street
1928 (then Slutskaya street)

The ruins of the synagogue on Chongarskaya, 29

For quite a long time this place was abandoned. However, in 2019, through the efforts of Rabbi Bobruisk Shaul Hababo, the former ruins have been transformed and now there is a small museum and park.

Synagogues of Bobruisk

Former synagogue on Chonharskaya street 29

Jewish courtyard in Bobruisk

Former synagogue on Liebknecht, 59

Having approached the building along Liebknecht Street, a slight disappointment awaited. Instead of an old building, a typical and featureless building made of cheap gas silicate bricks appeared before my eyes.

Former synagogue on Liebknecht, 59

A synagogue appeared in this place at the beginning of the 20th century. The building changed owners several times, and in 1949 the Soviet authorities finally took it away from the Jews of Bobruisk. A two-story building was built in front of the ancient synagogue, which completely hid the historical building. Settled here for many years. Zonal State Archive.

Synagogue on Dzerzhinsky 50

And another Bobruisk synagogue almost in the very center of the city. Built at the end of the 19th century, but like most religious buildings in the Soviet period, it was not used for its intended purpose.

Synagogue on Dzerzhinsky Street in Bobruisk

The first time, after the liquidation of the synagogue, there was prison of the Ministry of State Security. Later, a center was opened here tourism, and after the reconstruction of the youth center "Babrynya".

Synagogues in Bobruisk

Komsomolskaya 53

The last of the most interesting Bobruisk synagogues was located on the street Komsomolskaya.

What the synagogue looked like on Komsomolskaya Street in Bobruisk
1932, source: Belarus Savetskaya. - Mensk: Dzyarzhaўnaya vydavetstva Belarus

Like all the other synagogues on our list, this one was closed. During the USSR, a local house of culture was located here, which functioned here for quite a long time. In the late 90s, the building fell into disrepair and was not used for a long time.

What did the synagogue on Komsomolskaya in Bobruisk look like?
This is what the already rebuilt synagogue looked like in 1944 (Adamovska street)

Repairs began, as a result of which nothing remained of the architecture and decor. Now the synagogue on Komsomolskaya 53 resembles an inconspicuous warehouse where doors are sold.

You may be interested in the article - the oldest synagogues in Belarus. Also in Bobruisk I recommend to see unusual mansion in the center и merchant's house Katsnelson.

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