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China, Harbin Old Jewish Synagogue to be reconstructed to its Century Old Look

1 January, 1900

China, Harbin Old Jewish Synagogue to be reconstructed to its Century Old Look

China Harbin --- The Jewish old synagogues and the Jewish school are located on Tongjiang Street, between 82nd and 86th Streets, in Daoli district of Harbin. The foundation of the old Jewish synagogue was laid in 1907, and construction was completed in 1909. Because of a fire in 1931, it was reconstructed and expanded to 2,403 square meters.

The Jewish high school was built in 1910, and in 1916 it became the Jewish secondary school. Covering an area of 2,620 square meters, it was the first Jewish secondary school in the far East. The famous Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov music high school that was founded in 1925 was also located in this building.

In February 2013, the Harbin City Government decided that the old Jewish synagogue and its surrounding environmental area will undergo renovation and full restoration, and all structures be integrated into a one complete sphere during this year.

But because of the 1931 renovation of the old Jewish synagogue, after it was burned by fire, all architectural drawings, interior pictures and other information have not yet been found.

To ensure the preservation and the historical and cultural importance of the Harbin Jewish old synagogue in accordance with its original state, we believe and hope that the Israel Association of Former Residents of China as well as people of all walks of life who have information and knowledge especially about Harbin Jewish life, would come forward and assist us in providing related drawings, pictures and other information of substance, to further perfect and enrich the historical fragment of the life of Jews in China, for the benefit of continued writing of the epic of Chinese and Jewish friendship.

The Old Jewish Synagogue Renovation Project - Harbin City Command Leadership Team

May 2nd, 2013