32568 Sliding back?
Tom Fürstenberg, chairman of Deventer’s Beth Shoshanna Jewish community, made up of several dozen members, said he was “relieved” following the decision. In April, he had told the regional newspaper De Stentor that it would be “scandalous” if the municipality approves Sahin’s plans. Fürstenberg had also said the plan ran contrary to agreements made with Sahin. But they should have known a Muslim keeping their word against the Jewish is a violation of the Quran. The Jewish community had hoped to continue to be able to use the establishment for religious purposes under new ownership.
In recent years, the small Jewish community of Deventer could no longer afford to maintain the large building, which is a listed national monument. It was sold to a local church, which resold it to Sahin for an undisclosed amount, the report said. the Christian Reformed Church in the Netherlands who obtained the building sold the building, while in use of Congregation Beth Shoshanna, to the real estate firm of investors Carlus Lenferink and Geert-Harm van der Maat. A restaurant entrepreneur the firm works with, Ayhan Sahin, circulated plans to change the synagogue into a food hall. These food hall plans were met with strong objections. What the reason for this action by Lenferink was is not clear, but respecting the old Synagogue or the Jewish congregation was not one of them, obvious.
Across the Netherlands, non-profit organizations and municipalities have taken over synagogues in cities without Jewish communities, turning them sometimes into popular museums, as in Groningen. In 1940, in the days following the German invasion of the Netherlands, members of the Dutch National Socialist Party ransacked the Deventer synagogue as police stood by, destroying the interior. By 1943, Deventer had no registered Jewish residents. The clear majority of them were murdered in Nazi death camps. The interior was restored after World War II. But the lowest someone can sink is to turn a Jewish house of worship into a Muslim restaurant, just imagine when Jewish would buy a Mosque and turn it into a restaurant the Large Muslim population of the Netherlands would run riot, with the police just as in 1940 standing by and watching. Obvious not much has changed since 1940.
The synagogue on Gol Street, a beautiful tall building in the neo-Moorish style, was built in 1811. Developer Ayhan Sahin bought the building from the Dutch church. Tom Fürstenberg, chairman of Deventer’s Beth Shoshanna Jewish community, made up of several dozen members, told the media that it would be “scandalous” if the municipality approves Sahin’s plans. They would have if not for the world-wide out cry. The Muslim community has large percentage of freedom (secularism) that protects them, Jewish does not seems to have this as a result many Jewish moved abroad such as Britain and America as they did not find themselves save.
Sahin recently submitted a plan to municipal authorities to transform the synagogue into an eatery – a plan that would be the end of Jewish institutional life in Deventer, Fürstenberg said. He also said the plan ran contrary to agreements made with Sahin. The Jewish community had hoped to continue to be able to use the establishment for religious purposes under new ownership. Fürstenberg had said in the past that he hopes that whoever buys the former synagogue will restore it so that it continues to function as a Jewish institution. Across the Netherlands, non-profit organizations and municipalities have taken over synagogues without communities, turning them sometimes into popular museums, as in Groningen.
Sahin said that his plan to turn the synagogue into a restaurant “is very interesting and one that would appeal to a lot of people from outside” Deventer. He also said he regrets hearing the local Jewish community would be without a space to worship if the plan is approved, but added he is “not the Salvation Army.” It shows s that the plan was based on the pure evil of getting one over on the Jewish. Negotiations are underway between Sahin, the city, the Jewish community and other parties for a solution which that would allow the community to continue to worship at the synagogue.
This temple of J.A. Mulock Houwer, a Neo-Renaissance building with Moorish influences of which the structure includes minaret-like turrets, with crescents on either side. On the summit, just above the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments directly, was a large copper Star of David. The oriental style is a reference to the king (Taifa) of Toledo, where, before 1492, peaceful and prosperous coexistence of Judaism with Islam and Christianity prevailed. The combination of crescents and a Star of David explicitly refers to the peaceful co-existence with Islam in Toledo.
During World War II, the interior was destroyed by Dutch Nazi's. NSB, now acting under different names. Between 1951 and 2010 it was used as a place of worship by the Christian reformed Church. Since 2010 it is being used once again as a synagogue by the Jewish community Beth Shoshanna. According to an old German chronicle, the Jewish community of Deventer was amongst those destroyed during an outbreak of the plague in 1349. Although some Jews did reside in Deventer off and on during the centuries that followed, it was only toward the end of the eighteenth century that Jews could obtain official permission to settle there. A Jewish community was founded in Deventer in 1797. At the start, it consisted of seven families. In 1798, the fledgling community purchased a house on the Golstraat and converted it into a synagogue. Not long after, the community began construction of a new synagogue on the Roggestraat. During the nineteenth century, the Jewish community of Deventer grew rapidly. By 1811, it numbered twenty families. In 1805, the community purchased land for a cemetery just outside of the Brinkpoort, along the Lange Rij near the Beestenmarkt. The cemetery was cleared away in 1870 during an expansion of the city, and the community was offered a new plot of land on the Diepenveenseweg.
In 1868, a conflict resulted in a split in the community that lasted until 1883. In 1892, a new and larger synagogue was built on the site of the old Golstraat synagogue to accommodate the re-united community. The Deventer community maintained several voluntary organizations including burial societies for men and for women, a society for Torah study, and a women's society that cared for the synagogue's interior and ceremonial objects. Other organizations provided aid to the poor, support to needy new mothers, and circumcision ceremonies for the sons of needy families. Cultural institutions included a synagogue choir and a literary society. Many of the Jews of Deventer traded in textiles and hides, or were pedlars in the city's markets. A large part of the community lived in the Noorderberg quarter of the city near the Golstraat synagogue.
During the early twentieth century, Deventer had emerged as a vibrant centre of Jewish life and an attractive city for Jews to live in. New voluntary organizations arose including two youth clubs, a theatre society, a branch of the Netherlands Zionist Bund, and a Zionist youth organization. In 1918, The Deventer Society, a vocational school providing training for young people emigrating to Palestine, was established. During the years between the two World Wars, hundreds of young people from the Netherlands and abroad passed through the school. The Deventer community also provided generous aid to refugees from Germany and Eastern Europe.