Religion & history

Grote SynagogeThe display in the recently renovated Great Synagogue covers Jewish religious life in all its diversity. It focuses on the Torah, on the ingredients of the synagogue service as well as on various festivals and key moments in Jewish life. The Jewish vision of the sanctity of life is the central theme. In a series of short films individuals tell about how they experience Jewish traditions. Historic film clips of prewar Jewish life in the Netherlands are also featured.

History of the Jews in the Netherlands 1600-1900
The history of the Jews in the Netherlands from 1600-1900 is presented on the galleries of the Great Synagogue. The central question is what it meant to be Jewish in the Netherlands in this period. Where did the Jewish newcomers who arrived in the Dutch Republic, and especially in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century, come from? How did these Jewish migrants organize themselves in this dynamic economic city? What kind of opportunities did they find? And how were they restricted? The stories about the first Jews to come to the Netherlands, about assimilation and integration, cultural interchange with non-Jews and the preservation of their Jewish identity are themes that remain topical today.

History of the Jews in the Netherlands 1900 - The Present Day
In the galleries of the New Synagogue, the new permanent exhibition on the history of the Jews in the Netherlands from 1900 to the present day is now open to the public. This exhibition is the sequel to the one in the galleries of the Great Synagogue, which spans the period 1600-1900. The twentieth century brought the Jews in the Netherlands prosperity followed by untold grief. The first few decades witnessed the continuation of a process of emancipation that had begun in the nineteenth century. The rise of socialism was one factor that helped the lower social classes of the Jewish population to better their lives. With the Second World War, the relatively safe existence of the Dutch Jews came to an end. By routes including internment in Camp Westerbork, three-quarters of them were deported to death camps and murdered by the Nazis. After the war, most Jews believed that Judaism no longer had a future in the Netherlands. Yet the year 1948 brought fresh hope and joy, with the proclamation of a Jewish state, Israel. Today, the Netherlands once again has a strong and vibrant Jewish community.

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1 hour (if not mentioned otherwise).

Price (per group, max. 20 people)
€ 65,00 per hour, excl. reservation costs € 5,00
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