At the most important synagogue in Brazil, Germany facilitates preservation and the construction of a museum

14.11.2013 - Press release

As part of its work in preserving significant cultural properties around the world, the Federal Foreign Office is funding the conservation of the Beth El Synagogue, set to be the heart of the Jewish Museum in São Paulo, Brazil.

This is why, on 14 November 2013, the German Consul-General in São Paulo and the President of the Jewish Museum São Paulo signed a funding agreement for a total of 310,000 euros.

Nestled in the centre of São Paulo, the future museum will be located both within the synagogue itself and in a modern glass annexe. It will provide information on the history and culture of Judaism as well as its contribution to forming Brazil.

With this project, the Federal Government is living up to its commitment to make a contribution to preserving and supporting Jewish culture.

Jews came to Brazil with the first Portuguese settlers back at the beginning of the 16th century. During the period of National Socialism around 20,000 German Jews fled to Brazil and set up a new home there. They made a valuable contribution to the country’s cultural and economic development. The Beth El Synagogue, inaugurated in 1932, is the most important Jewish religious building in Brazil.

For more information on the Cultural Preservation Programme of the Federal Foreign Office click here

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