If you’re interested in the history of synagogue architecture and other historic data regarding Jewish built heritage (and Jewish life in general), a search of the National Library of Israel’s huge — and growing — archive of Jewish newspapers can turn up fascinating gems of information.
So far, the archive includes some 132,565 issues of 59 newspapers from various countries, ranging in dates from 1783-2014. There are more than 1,306,600 digitized pages. All pages are fully searchable — by key word, and for articles, pictures and advertisements. In Europe, there are newspapers in Hebrew, Yiddish, Poland, Hungarian and French.
We found an article, for example, on the dedication of the magnificent synagogue in Szeged, Hungary, in 1903 — and we also found an obituary of the synagogue’s architect, Lipot Baumhorn, in the pre-WW2 Hungarian Jewish newspaper Egyenlöseg.
Baumhorn, who died in 1932, was the most prolific synagogue architect in Europe before World War II. The dome of the Szeged synagogue is carved on his gravestone.