- YEAR OF GRANT
- CATEGORYARTS & CULTURE
- ORGANIZATION LOCATIONChania, Crete
- GRANT LOCATIONGREECE
- ORGANIZATION WEBSITEwww.etz-hayyim-hania.org/
For reconstruction works at the synagogue building in Chania, which was partially destroyed in an arson incident in 2010. Support included replacement of damaged office, A/V and IT equipment.
The Etz Hayyim was converted into a synagogue in the 17th century, when the Jewish community of Chania acquired a vacant Venetian church, the 15th century Church of St. Catherine. The synagogue, which suffered severe bomb damage, was abandoned after the end of World War II and reopened in 1999, through the intervention and support of the World Monuments Fund, in cooperation with the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece. The 2010 arson attack destroyed over 2,000 books and manuscripts, including items relating to Ottoman history and Byzantine art to Jewish and Ancient Greek history; some items, including parchments from the 15th and 17th centuries, were very rare and almost irreplaceable.