The Beith Hamidrash building, built in the late 19th century, served as a place for Torah study and as a prayer hall. Until recently, the beautifully ornamented building was used as a storage facility for the building supply company that occupies the Suburbia. Discussions were underway between the City of Bardejov, the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee, local Bardejov advocates, and the Central Union of Jewish Communities in Slovakia (UZZNO) to vacate the Beith Hamidrash and create a museum dedicated to Bardejov’s Jewish history.
As a result of ongoing cooperation with UZZNO, Beith Hamidrash was vacated in June 2016 and is now ready for restoration. The Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee (BJPC) will take over the development of Beith Hamidrash with the purpose of creating a Cultural-Educational Center and Museum. During the closing ceremony of our June 2016 event at the Bardejov Holocaust Memorial, representatives of BJPC and UZZNO signed a Memorandum of agreement stating their intent to establish a Cultural-Educational Center and Museum in Beith Hamidrash.
Soon, we will also start a fundraising campaign to help us realize the project.