Sighet Walking Tours

Professor Ellie Weisel was born and raised in this house until the age of 16 years when he and his family and the whole Jewish Community of Sighet were deported to Auschwitz between May 16-22, 1944. Today, it is a Memorial to the Jewish Life Cycle of Pre-Holocaust Sighet Jewish Community.

Local high schools students and educators from the Region are regular visitors and special events are being held there.

 

Visiting Hours:

Summer - Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 (Monday closed)

Winter – Monday - Friday 08:00-16:00 (saturday and sunday - closed)

 (see locations on map below)

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About 2000 Jews returned to Sighet following Liberation in 1945.

All came to look for family members and relatives, unfortunately very few were united with their families.

Some started new families or made arrangements to move to Israel, but before all, a group decided to create this enormous Monument on the exact location where the largest Synagogue in Sighet stood up until it was set on fire with members of the Jewish Community.

Commemoration Services are held at the site during the year or by request.

(see locations on map below)

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Sighet Village Museum is located about 3 km. outside of the city, in a forest area.

One can visit various wooden houses representing folkloric homes of the many nationalities who lived or still live in the Region.

The Drimer historical house was brought from Borsa, and opened officially May 2014.

Mr. Drimer was a Rabbi, Shohet(a person certified by aRabbi or Jewish court of law to slaughter animals for food in the manner prescribed by Jewish law) and Melamed( Teacher). His house was a synagogue, a welcoming place for all travels in the area for lodging.

Rabbi’s Drimer House is in full tact as he lived in it for many years before deported to Auschwitz in 1944.

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The Sighet Jewish Cemetery is 500 years old, however many of the original tombstones are not to be found anymore, due to weather and the materials the tombstones were made of.

Sighet was in a way the capital of Chassidut and people from all over Europe used to come and visit.

Today many Chassidim are coming to visit the “Ohels- Graves” of famous Rabbis to pay homage to them as well as many feel that writing notes, praying and making a pilgrimage will cure their health conditions, bring a match to single persons etc.

If you wish to locate a grave please check www.sighet.org or /and contact Rabbi Ezra Berger ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who devotes his time to the restoration of the Cemetery.

 

Str. Szilagiy Istvan and Str. Izei (see locations on map below)

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The Jewish community in Sighet Pre-WW II had many synagogues and Shtebels (a small synagogues next to home) with about a dozen large ones, serving the various religious denominations (orthodox and Neolog - a segment of Hungarian Jews who integrated the emancipation  decrees which later the Conservative Movement evolved Post WW II- were the main syagogues).

 Today the one and only synagogue which remained is Wijnitzer Klaus Synagogue, built in 1885 in an eclectic Moresque style, it has been restored about 15 years ago.

 There is no daily or holidays Minyan, only when large groups are visiting the city.

 Str. Basarabia 10 (see locations on map below)

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