by Samuel D. Gruber
photo: Sergey Kravtsov/Center for Jewish Art
(ISJM) Architectural historian Sergey Kravtsov of the Center for Jewish Art (
abandoned. Now its roof is in terrible condition, and according to Kravtsov, it is not likely to survive a heavy snowfall. Still, it has managed to survive this far, and the walls appear to be fairly strong.
The documentation at Subate is part of a survey of the synagogues of
In discussing the situation at Subate with ISJM, Kravtsov and Melers both addressed the financial and logistical difficulties involved in saving the synagogue; it in unlikely to gain support given its out-of-the-way location and lack of local sponsor. However, there is the tradition and possibility the building could be moved to an outdoor architectural museum (scansan) where it would be protected and widely viewed. This is a solution that has been carried out for several 19th century wood-frame synagogues in the
Subate (Yiddish: Shubitz or Subitz) was a modest Jewish center near the Lithuanian border. For history and photos of the Jewish cemetery and mass grave sites see:
See Sergey Kravtsov, “Survey of Synagogues in