by Samuel D. Gruber
(ISJM) In the Dutch
A group of Jewish community members started a foundation (Friends of the Dieren Synagogue) with membership drawn from the LJG, descendants of Jewish families from Dieren, and representatives of the town with the purpose of restoring the synagogue as a center for Progressive Jewish religious life and for general cultural activities. With support of the municipal, provincial and national governments and with private funding, the foundation acquired the synagogue building in 2007. A national Dutch fund and the
The Dieren synagogue is one of the few surviving synagogues in Gelderland – a province in east-central
For history of the Jews of Dieren see: http://www.jhm.nl/netherlands.aspx?ID=44
Dieren was also the site of a slave labor camp in 1942, until the Jewish prisoners were sent to Westerbork, and then to Nazi death camps in 1943. A monument was erected to the memory of the victim in 1998.
The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) in
I thank Amy Ollendorf of