The Synagogue of Balatonfüred
These days, the former synagogue, which has undergone a renovation recently, is home to a museum called The House of Jewish Excellence. The predecessor of the building complex was built in the 1200s, and in an earlier period, it functioned as a Calvinist church; the local Jewish Community only purchased the building in 1855. During World War II, almost all members of the Jewish Community of Füred perished, the Torah scrolls of the synagogue were taken away, and the building went through many changes of ownership in the following decades: it functioned as a ship’s depot, a mechanical workshop, and even as a restaurant. During its renovation in 2017, a modern art exhibition space was created inside. In the exhibition titled From Einstein to Our Days – Jews and State-of-the-Art Technology, the visitors can learn about the life and work of more than 130 world famous scientists of a Jewish origin. Within the synagogue, a Torah ark originating from the former synagogue in Garay tér Budapest reminds the visitors of the sacred character of the space. It gives a uniqueness to the Torah ark that its glass mosaic art piece was made by Miksa Róth, a famous stained-glass painter and mosaic artist.