Headquarters Building of the Jewish Community

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The building had been built parallell with the New Synagogue between 1902 and 1903. Its builder was Lipót Baumhorn, the same Jewish architect who designed the New Synagogue and further six commercial and residential buildings in Szeged in the early 1900s.
GENERAL
The building had been built parallelly with the New Synagogue between 1902 and 1903. Its builder was Lipót Baumhorn, the same Jewish architect who designed the New Synagogue and further six commercial and residential buildings in Szeged in the early 1900s. Its stylistic and architectural features rhyme the corporate design of the New Synagogue. The most representative space is the two-storey Assembly Hall, which is decorated with painted stained-glass windows, an unknown artist’s works, which are similar to the ones in the New Synagogue. A series of paintings depicting outstanding rabbis, cantors and presidents of the Jewish community are displayed in the Grand Hall. Some pieces of furniture form the first synagogue are not only exhibited here, but are used as well. It is well documented that the Jewish community has been caring for their elderly in an organized manner at different locations in the past 150 years. Part of the Headquarters Building has been designated for this purpose since 1950. Other parts of the building house the Sámuel Birnfeld Library and the community’s archives. The Grand Hall has kept its original functions; it is a theatre of community events.
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