Poland's Jews celebrate reopening of synagogue

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In this Thursday, March 31, 2011 photo workers perform final finishing touches to restoration works to the synagogue in Zamosc, Poland. The building is one of the most important synagogues to survive the destruction of World War II, a Renaissance gem that was looted by the Nazis and faced decades of neglect after the war, but now it has been restored and will serve as a cultural center for the town of about 65,000 in eastern Poland. It will be reintroduced to the public in an inauguration ceremony on Tuesday April 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)
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In this Thursday, March 31, 2011 photo workers perform final finishing touches to restoration works to …

Jewish leaders and foreign dignitaries have gathered to celebrate the reopening of an important Renaissance synagogue in Poland.

The synagogue is a jewel of Renaissance architecture located in the eastern Polish town of Zamosc. It is considered one of the most important surviving synagogues in a country that was home to Europe's largest Jewish community before the Holocaust.

A ceremony Tuesday was attended by several ambassadors to Poland, including those from the United States, Germany, Israel and Norway. Norway funded most of the restoration work.

Amid the festivities, Poland's chief rabbi affixed a mezuzah at the door. A mezuzah is a decorative box containing a religious scroll attached to the doors of Jewish homes and synagogues.

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