Sliedrecht synagogue on its original location, 1984 (WL)The Jewish community at Sliedrecht was established in approximately 1830. A synagogue was built in the town on the dike of the river Merwede in 1845. Prior to then, the Jews of Sliedrecht met for prayer in the building of a former workshop for spinning wool. The Sliedrecht community buried its dead in the Jewish cemetery at Dordrecht. At the outset of the 20th century the community was governed by a council consisting of five members. By 1920, the synagogue was no longer in use.

Under the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War, almost all of the Jews in Sliedrecht were deported and murdered. The synagogue building was sold soon after the war. The Sliedrecht community was officially dissolved in 1947 and the locale placed within the jurisdiction of the Jewish community at Dordrecht.

Sliedrecht synagogue, October 2003In 1998, the building that had once served as the synagogue of Sliedrecht was threatened by reconstruction of the dike on which it stood. The building, which was of wood, was then cut into 11 sections and stored away. The former synagogue was reassembled in 2002 only ninety meters away from its original location and re-consecrated as a synagogue in October 2003. Its interior was refurnished in part with elements from the interior of the former synagogue of Zaltbommel. A ritual bath was installed in the cellar of the rebuilt synagogue.

Jewish population on Sliedrecht and surroundings: 

1809 47
1840 61
1869 52
1899 43
1930 33

Collectie en mediatheek

Dossiers (158) van de Commissie voor Oorlogsschade mbt 155 joodse
gemeentes (Amsterdam en mediene), 1945-1950.
Collectie > Documenten > 00005954

 Brief  1943
Brief van Jo Benjamins uit Westerbork aan Lena en Simon Waterman-Benjamins, 1943.
Collectie > Documenten > 00009778

 Overzichtsfoto  1984
Voormalige synagoge te Sliedrecht, 1984.
Collectie > Fotos > 40002777

 Brieven uit de Merwestad  1923
titel, Brieven uit de Merwestad. auteur, Veritas. maker, Veritas. bron, Nieuw
Isr. Weekblad, vol. 59(1923), nr. 6, p. 9. materiaal, bericht. ...
Collectie > Joodse pers > 20000871

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 De dijksynagoge  [2003]
De dijksynagoge.
Collectie > Literatuur > 12011037

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 [Herinwijding van de synagoge te Sliedrecht op 21-10-2003]  2003
titel, [Herinwijding van de synagoge te Sliedrecht op 21-10-2003]. maker, onbekend.
gegevens, VIDEO, 65 min. - ,. materiaal, video video VHS. ...
Collectie > Audiovisueel > 40001486