The Jewish historical museum at the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” is located in the building of the Central Sofia Synagogue. The Museum was created and started functioning on May 08, 1992 as a continuation of its own of the permanent exhibition “The Salvation of Bulgarian Jews 1941-1944”, which was maintained from 1968 until 1990 at the Central Sofia Synagogue.
The Creator and manager of the museum was the historian Vladimir Paunovski. The Museum is devoted to locating, preserving, studying and popularizing the Jewish historical and cultural heritage in Bulgaria. Within two permanent expositions – “Jewish communities in Bulgaria” and “The Holocaust and the salvation of Bulgarian Jews” documentary photos and valuable collections of printed editions are exhibited, together with various objects of Judaic ritual, tradition, custom, everyday life and culture. The exhibition follows the history of Jewish settlement and their century long peaceful coexistence with Bulgarians since ancient times until the Grand Aliah after the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Special attention is given to the salvation of the Jews in Bulgaria during the years of the Second World War, striking a bright contrast with the six million Jews, who tragically lost their lives across Europe during the times of Nazism.
Every working day from 08:30 until 12:30 and from 13:00 until 16:30
Collective lectures in Bulgarian, English and Hebrew are offered.
Tel.: ++ 359 2 983 14 40