Nozyk Synagogue
Nozyk Synagogue
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The last remaining synagogue in Warsaw
5.0 of 5 bubblesApr 2022
Warsaw is rich in history with many beautiful buildings, monuments, and museums to visit. As one visits Warsaw, you are remained of the Jewish community and the difficulties suffered by this segment of the population during World War II at the hands of the Nazis. A plethora of monuments, statues and plaques commemorate the heroic efforts of the Jewish Ghetto can be found throughout the city. Prior to the start of World War II, Warsaw had 400 Jewish Synagogues. The Nozyk Synagogue is the only surviving synagogue from the pre-Holocaust years and is located at 6 Twarda Street in downtown Warsaw. This small yellow building is currently the center of the Jewish community in Warsaw. The interior is exceptional and well preserved from a bygone era. The gold railed bimah and the menorah lamps, as well as the decorated ceiling are a treasure from the past. It has been refurbished and is now a functioning synagogue and is a 'must see' for any visitor to Warsaw. Visitors are welcomed and are charged a small entrance fee. This Synagogue has a remarkably interesting past and can trace its origins back to the 1890’s. After four years of construction, it was finally presented to the Jewish Community on May 12, 1902. The Nozyk synagogue was constructed in the neo-Romanesque style with elements of Byzantine, Romanesque and Moorish ornamentation in a style that was in vogue during the second half of the 19th century. The Nozyk synagogue is a rectangular two-story edifice. The western façade has a portal featuring the two Tablets of the Law and is divided into three sections with the entrance at the center and two high symmetric windows topped by round arches at its sides. The upper floor of the façade is divided into two sections, the lower one has four symmetric windows and the upper one boasts a prominent Magen David (“Star of David”) and a Romanesque style cornice. The lateral walls have a row of round arched windows at each of the two stories, including some blind windows at the ground floor. The interior has an entrance hall that houses the Yizkor (memorial) table with memorial candles while the women’s section is accessed from a separate entrance and stairway on the southern wall. The main prayer room is divided between the men’s section at the ground floor, and the women’s section at the upper floor located on two galleries supported by arcades of columns at both lateral sides of the hall. The Holy Ark, a Romanesque-inspired structure with a covering supported by eight columns, is situated at the eastern end. The apse shelters the organ and the place reserved for the choir. The slightly elevated bimah is located at the center of the eastern half of the ground floor. The columns of the prayer hall and the balustrade of the balconies of the women’s section boast Moorish-style decorations in white painted stucco. Originally there was seating for 600 in the prayer hall, divided equally between the men’s and women’s sections. In 1941, the synagogue was desecrated by the Nazis and suffered severe damage during the 1944 Polish uprising. Over ensuring years following the end of World War II minor repairs were conducted to the building. In 1977 the Synagogue underwent a complete reconstruction and reopened in April 1983. This synagogue underwent numerous anti-Semitic attacks of vandalism and arson during the 1990’s. As a result of these attacks, this facility is guarded 24 hours a day by an armed security force. This beautiful synagogue, with its rich history, is a must visit location for all visitors to Warsaw. If you are Jewish, your welcome to participate in services. Rabbi and members of the congregation are extremely friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

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Neighborhood: Śródmieście Północne
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Friends
NOZYK SYNAGOGUE is not the most beautiful building in Warsaw nor is it at the top of most people's list of places to see and it's not exactly in an area that is exceptional but this building is very important to the people of Warsaw,not just the Jewish population but to people who are disturbed by why one particular group of people can be persecuted for their beliefs.
This synagogue survived the ravages of WW 2 and how it survived the destruction that took place in this city after the Warsaw uprising in 1944 is a miracle.
This is a place to visit and just admire and even if you can't gain admittance just the fact that this synagogue is still here and still holding service should suffice .
You will find Nozyk Synogogue on Ul Twarda.
Written April 12, 2017
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NBLondon
London, UK524 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Family
The Nozyk is the last surviving synagogue in Warsaw. There were 300 synagogues pre-War but like the Jewish community in Poland, little survived. This is a gorgeous little place, evocative and a silent testimony to what went before. It is in daily use by the tiny Jewish community left in Warsaw and by visitors and it's well worth an hour or two to stop and reflect in the cool peace of its classical interior. It left an indelible mark on me and I hope very much to return.
Written July 5, 2015
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Jeanette
Melbourne, Australia442 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Friends
This is a beautiful synagogue... sadly the only pre WW2 synagogue (from over 400 synagogues) that remained standing in Warsaw after the war. It was of course renovated as the inside was totally destroyed.... The story behind this synagogue is interesting, but you will need a good guide to tell you that story!
Written November 20, 2014
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TravelMan956
London, UK135 contributions
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Sep 2019
The only surviving synagogue of the 400 which existed in Warsaw before the war. It has been refurbished and is now a functioning synagogue and is a 'must see' for any visitor to Warsaw.
Written September 8, 2019
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Yigal L
Israel151 contributions
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Aug 2019
I visited the synagogue for afternoon prayers. Those who do not join the prayer service can come for a guided visit during weekdays. This is the only one of the many synagogues that existed in Warsaw before the Holocaust that is still functioning, and today it is the main synagogue of the Warsaw Jewish community. The building is not in good shape, and could use a total overhaul. The building and surrounding complex are guarded by security people 24/7. A sad reminder of past glory and a complicated present.
Written August 14, 2019
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AmbassadorAlien
271 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Couples
400 synagogues were at Warsaw before second World War.
Now it is only one.
For my humble opinion it is worth to visit it.
It cost 10 zloty per person
You can see here some Jewish traditions.
It is not big place.
May be even one hour is enough.
Read some material before or ask for explanation from local stuff.
Written July 27, 2019
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Gary T
Modiin, Israel194 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Couples
Google Maps will take you to the entrance of the road.
My wife and I walked toward the shul. A group outside heard us speaking Hebrew so I was asked to help them make a minyan for the Mincha prayer. It was an honor.
However, I thought afterwards, how sad it is that 73 years after the end of the Holocaust they still needed a tourist to help make a minyan in the only synagogue in Warsaw.
Written April 16, 2018
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MH280862
Vars, France79 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Friends
When we visited the Nozyk Synagogue in July 2017 it was surrounded by a building site which will eventually be the Jewish cultural center.
We arrived at the entrance (see the photos on trip advisors site)
we entered and was charged the equivalent of 20 euros to go in 👎👎👎👎👎👎
My opinion is don't bother visiting and enjoy trip advisors photos for FREE, there's nothing extra to see.
Written July 8, 2017
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Joanna S
Miami Beach, FL210 contributions
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Jun 2017 • Family
I can't say enough about Rabbi Michael Schudrich and the Nozyk Synagogues community. At the last minute, they were able to organize a minyan (10 men) and fulfill my sons dream of becoming a bar-mitzvah in Poland.

The synagogue itself is a living, breathing piece of history being that it's the only synagogue in Warsaw that survived the war. It's architecture is neo-romanticist. It's simple inside. What the synagogue might be lacking in what some consider "beauty" it makes up for in tradition, history and incredible human kindness and warmth.
Written June 23, 2017
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IQQ
Rockville, MD202 contributions
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Mar 2017 • Solo
Hidden behind Twarda 6 is this beautiful building. This was the "upscale" area of jewish life in Warsaw and the building was in the ghetto only during the earliest part of the ghetto. As jews perished and the ghetto borders were moved to make it smaller, this upscale part of town was left outside the ghetto and this helped to the survival of this building. Its interior is not compelling but if you walk towards the end of it original entrance you will be rewarded by seeing very nice original mosaic floor.
Written March 25, 2017
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