The project “Revitalization of Jewish Monuments in the Czech Republic” (specifically, investments related to the project’s realization) was completed in 2014. As part of this project, the Federation of Jewish Communities received the largest grant for the preservation of Jewish monuments in the Czech Republic during the entire post-war period (CZK 280 million, with 85% coming from the European Fund for Regional Development and 15% from the Czech government). The project has enabled the reconstruction, restoration, and preservation of 15 important historical buildings in 10 towns in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia.
These activities included not only the buildings’ construction and restoration, but the majority of the synagogues and rabbinical houses also include permanent exhibitions that, along with other temporary programs (lectures, concerts, screenings, theater performances, etc.), inform visitors about Jewish history and Judaism in a unique manner and in an authentic setting. An important factor for the project’s success is cooperation with the local communities in which the revitalized monuments are located, and with local cultural institutions and citizens’ associations, which in many cases are helping to promote and operate these regional centers of Jewish culture.