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Libeskind to design German progressive synagogue

BERLIN (JTA) — Architect Daniel Libeskind was hired to design a new synagogue for the progressive congregation in Munich.

The congregation of about 300 members has been meeting in a basement turned into a sanctuary, according to news reports.

Libeskind and his wife, Nina, are due to visit the site of the future synagogue and Jewish community center on Oct. 15. Meetings with local politicians and residents are also planned.

Libeskind is especially known in Germany for his design of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, one of Germany’s most popular museums.

Munich has a new Jewish community center with an Orthodox synagogue, which was dedicated in November 2006, alongside the city’s new Jewish Museum.

The city’s new building will house a Reform synagogue for the small but growing liberal Jewish community. Reportedly the building also will have space for presentations and youth meetings, a library, office rooms, a kindergarten and day care program.

Munich’s original liberal synagogue was destroyed in June 1938 on Hitler’s orders.

 

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