Groningen Synagogue to revamp exhibition to showcase digital storytelling

Work is under way to revamp the permanent exhibition in the synagogue in the northern Netherlands city of Groningen and also to renovate some of the building’s infrastructure, the owners of the synagogue — the Oude Groninger Kerken Foundation and Folkingestraat Synagogue Foundation — announced.

The exhibition revamp would be a “move towards ‘digital storytelling’, which will let visitors be immersed throughout the building in Jewish rituals, festivals, and stories,” including about the Shoah, the Foundations said in a news release carried in local media.

The architecture of the synagogue will remain intact, it said, and “the new museum layout will not hinder the cultural and religious activities in the building.”

Built in 1906 in a monumental Moorish style, the synagogue is today used as a cultural and exhibition center but is also used for services by the small Groningen Jewish community.

Another part of the plan, the statement said, is to make the mikveh accessible to visitors.

The new interior will be open to the public in February 2021.

“In the coming weeks the users and visitors of the synagogue will be in the dust for a while, but with fresh paintwork, new electricity, a diasbled-access toilet, the relocation of the central heating system and sophisticated lighting, the building will soon be ready to receive more visitors,” the statement said.

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