About the Synagogue

Sinagoga Ljubljana, the Ljubljana synagogue, is the synagogue of the Association of the Jewish community of Graz and Ljubljana, located in a residential building in the heart of the Slovenian capital. It was founded, planned, and realized by the president of JZS, Elie Rosen, the President of the Jewish Association of Slovenia. Before that the Jewish community of Slovenia wasn’t able to build its own permanent synagogue in Ljubljana for lack of financial means. Therefore, they were dependent on makeshift arrangements.
The opening ceremony of the synagogue, which is run according to traditional (orthodox) rites, was held on the 9th of November 2021 – the memorial day of the November-pogroms of 1938 –with the President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor, the Roman Catholic Archbishop and Metropolit Stane Zore, and the Mufti of Slovenia Nevzet Porić in attendance, together with high ranking representatives from politics, diplomacy, and civil society. The Republic of Austria was represented by Ambassador Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer.

The Jewish Association of the Republic of Slovenia – Orthodox Jewish Community, as a representative of traditional Jews in Slovenia, and the association of the Jewish community of Graz and Ljubljana are in no way connected to the so-called “Jewish Cultural” or “Jewish Center” in Ljubljana.

At the opening of the synagogue: President of the Synagogue Ljubljana Elie Rosen, Chief Rabbi Ariel Haddad and President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor. Photo by Matej Jordovič Potočnik

Hachnassat Sefer Thora

Just prior to the opening of the Ljubljana synagogue, a delegation of The Conference of European Rabbis, with Rabbis from Germany, Great Britain, France, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and Poland attended the ceremonial introduction of the Torah scroll into the synagogue on November 3, 2021. The solemn ceremony at the Ljubljana Synagogue took place in the presence of the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Joseph Schudrich, together with the Chief Rabbi for Slovenia, Ariel Haddad, the Rabbi for the Province of Styria, Schlomo Hofmeister, and the President of the Graz Jewish Community and then the president of the Synagogue Ljubljana, Elie Rosen.