The four Torah Arks displayed in the Synagogue at Yad Vashem are part of a collection of synagogue furnishings that were preserved and stored by the Jewish communities in Romania since the time of the war.
In a complex operation, with the assistance of Prof. Nicolae Cajal z”l, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania, and thanks to a special decision by the Government of Romania, the Torah Arks were brought to Yad Vashem. Once they arrived, they went through an intensive conservation process that included their reassembly and extensive restoration work.
Displayed in the Synagogue are the complete Torah Ark of the Apple Merchants’ Synagogue from Iaşi, Romania and three of four levels of the original Torah Ark from Rădăuti, Romania, as well as the façade of the Torah Ark from Hârlău, Romania that was pieced together from fragments.
The central element of the active area of the Synagogue is the Torah Ark whose façade is made up of fragments of the Torah Ark of a synagogue from Barlad, Romania.
Together, the display area and the active synagogue area present the lost splendor of Jewish life in the context of Jewish continuity.