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Dutch Rededicate 90-year-old Shul

A 90-year-old synagogue in the Dutch province of Overijssel was rededicated last week following its complete renovation.

Restoration of the synagogue in the northeast city of Zwolle was made possible by funds from the Committee for the Continuation of the Zwolle Synagogue, which was established four years ago.

The synagogue, which was first dedicated in 1899, served between 600 and 700 Jews before the Holocaust. Today only 50 Jews remain. Most of the Jews of Zwolle were deported to their deaths during the German occupation.

As part of the ceremony, the street adjoining the synagogue was renamed Samuel Judah Hirsch Street, after the former chief rabbi of Overijssel, who officiated in that capacity for several decades. Hirsch died in Zwolle in 1941.

Ten other nearby streets were renamed, honoring Jews who were prominent in Zwolle and who perished during the Holocaust.

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