Belarus / Ukrainian-Russian Border

Gomel

Jewish Community of Gomel

улица Красноармейская 1а, Гомель, Гомельская область, Беларусь

Old Synagogue of Gomel

Mir Cinema, Ilicha Street, Gomel, Gomel Region, Belarus

In 1897, 20385 Jews lived in Gomel (54,8% of the population), as compared with 37475 (43,7%) in 1926. Today, little remains of their life here. The Jewish quarter was located on the right bank of the river.

A beautiful  synagogue with colonnades once occupied the slight bend that forms on the main road (Lenin Street). In its place stands the Mir Cinema, whose columns -those of the former synagogue- give the theater a temple-like presence. The streets in front of and surrounding the cinema appear to have once been Jewish.

The cemetery, now in ruins, is located to the left just beyond the southern edge of the city.