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Centropa

Jewish Witness to a European Century

The first oral history project that combines old family pictures with the stories that go with them, Centropa has interviewed almost 1,300 elderly Jews living in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Sephardic communities of Greece, Turkey and the Balkans. With a database of 25,000 digitized images, we are bringing Jewish history to life in ways never done before.

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The Jewish Community Tîrgu-Mureș

 
 

The Jewish Museum Corner of Tîrgu-Mureș

The old citizens of Tigru-Mureș surely remember the old Jewish culture center (former cinema Progresul). This building had been built in 1928 and has hosted several spiritual and cultural events. Lately the dilapidated construction has been sold to the Mureș County Council. The president of the council Mrs. Emőke Lokodi decided that the Puppet Theatre, directed by Mr. Gabriel Cadariu, is going to host here. It is important to mention that the initiators of this Puppet Theatre were three Jews: Antal Pál Herskovits, Herta Ligeti and Endre Révész.

The restorers, venerating the founders, have preserved the characteristics of the edifice, hence leaving this heritage to the Tîrgu-Mureș citizens. In sign of respect for the Jews, Mrs. Lokodi promised Mr. Alexandru Ausch already in 2010 that in this building is going to give place to a museum corner, a memorial for the Jews of our town.

On the 2nd of November, not only the modernized building has been inaugurated, but also a plaque, with the construction date and the initial functionality. The museum contains few personal memories, but the goal of the current leadership of our Jewish Community is to enlarge the collection as good as possible in order to engrave upon everyone's memory the history of Jews in this region.

P.S. Herewith we welcome every personal document about the Jews form Tîrgu-Mureș.

Dr. Dub Vasile (fragments form the Jewish Reality „Realitatea evreiască” Journal)

   
 

The festival of Sukkot

The Feast of Tabernacles

The holiday commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Sukkot is also a harvest festival, and is sometimes referred to as Chag Ha-Asif, the Festival of Ingathering.

The Sukkah

The Feast of Tabernacles

Building and decorating a sukkah is a fun, family project. A sukkah must have at least three walls covered with a material that will not blow away in the wind. A sukkah may be any size, so long as it is large enough for you to fulfill the commandment of dwelling in it. One should live in the sukkah as much as possible, including sleeping in it.

The Four Species

Arba minim in Hebrew

Another observance related to Sukkot involves what are known as The Four Species (arba minim in Hebrew) or the lulav and etrog. The four species in question are an etrog (a citrus fruit native to Israel), a palm branch (in Hebrew, lulav), a myrtle branch (hadas) and a willow branch (arava). Every morning of Sukkot, except on Shabbat, it is the custom to hold the lulav in the right hand and the etrog in the left.