A replica of a Dutch shul was dedicated at the community of Mevo Choron west of Yerushalayim.
The new Chasdei Enosh shul in Mevo Choron is based on the Achterhoek shul built in 1901 in the Dutch town of Terborg in the eastern Netherlands, which was damaged in a 1945 bombardment and demolished after the war.
Pesach (Pascal) Pop, a descendant of the town’s Jews, discovered the original blueprints during his search for his family’s past and helped rebuild the shul in Israel as a tribute to his martyred relatives.
The shul’s sifrei Torah, brought to Israel in the 1980s, were carried to the new shul in horse and cart as was done at the shul’s dedication in 1901. Names of the Terborg Holocaust victims are inscribed in the new shul and an original mezuzah from the old shul graces one of its doors.
A higher proportion of Jews of the Achterhoek region was saved by non-Jewish farmers than in the rest of Holland. Most moved to Israel and only a few dozen Jews remain from thousands who lived there before the war.