Help us to Repair our Historic Synagogue to conserve its former beauty and safety, in Torino, Italy

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GOAL: $72,000

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Background

Turin has the most important Jewish Community in Piedmont and the third largest in Italy. It is one of the twenty one Jewish Communities in Italy gathered under the UCEI (Union of Italian Jewish Communities). It has three structures: the synagogue, the school, and the retirement home.

Tempio-Grande-Torino-interno     tempio piccolo

The monumental synagogue, of eclectic architecture designed by E. Petit, was completed in 1894.  It was bombed in the Second World War and practically rebuilt in 1949.  Since 1971 the lower ground floor houses a new synagogue, with XVII century baroque furnishings originally from the synagogue of Chieri. The upper ‘Great’ Synagogue is used for the major Jewish festivals, whereas the lower, smaller synagogue is used for daily prayers and for Shabbat services.

Many member families have a long history in the area of Torino, but there is also a mixture of Jews originating from other Italian cities and from other countries including Israel – we are not quite global, but we can communicate with most visitors. In recent years a large proportion of our young members have emigrated to countries such as Israel and other European countries. History repeats itself!

What Happened

During Rosh Hashanah 2017 the ladies in the matroneum noticed debris, so we investigated immediately. Protection was put in place in time for Yom Kippur.

Also external debris had been found and the danger area cordoned off

TECHNICAL REPORT: PIAZZETTA PRIMO LEVI 12, TORINO

Facciata

At the close of 2017, subsequent to finding some debris fallen from the cornice of the Great Synagogue, the affected zones were inspected with appropriate equipment and emergency protection put in place.  Safety was restored but further criticalities emerged:

1. FACADE OF THE SYNAGOGUE

Other areas of  materials detached from the cornice were found:

Cornicione facciata 2                     Cornicione facciata

In the areas of the external facade of the merlons, serious cracks and material detachments were found.  Some material was removed because of the potential danger it posed.

Consolidation or substitution is needed, depending on the level of adherence.

Some lead tiles on the domes are raised, distorted or partially detached.

lamelle in piombo delle cupole                       Merli dei ballatoi

2. ROOF OF THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE

There has been serious water ingress due to rain, affecting the roof of the Great Synagogue.  The evidence is clearly visible inside the Synagogue, having damaged the supporting structure that now requires cleaning, restoration and repainting.

There are different areas with criticalities, that need maintenance or substitution of the rendering and a new waterproofing layer.  In order to do this, a Roof Safety Wire and a man-sized access hatch must be installed, in order to permit safe access the work area and for future maintenance.

3. REDECORATION OF THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE

Some interior areas have paint or plaster rendering defoliation or total detachment due to water ingress.  These need repair, then underlying surface preparation,  followed by redecoration.

Decorazione interno - infiltrazioni                               Decorazione interno - infiltrazioni 2

4.  TOWER ACCESS GATE

Access to the four towers needs security gates to be installed.    These will permit better access to the domes, currently quite difficult and unsafe via a man-hole in the ceiling above the stairwells.

5. CAPITALS IN THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE INTERIOR

CAPITELLI TEMPIO GRANDE lesioni 2    CAPITELLI TEMPIO GRANDE lesioni 3    CAPITELLI TEMPIO GRANDE lesioni

There are numerous cracks in the Capitals on the matroneum (women’s balcony).   They were found not to be structural since they were cast in plaster as a decorative finish.

However, any material detachment, given the great height, could be extremely dangerous and so temporary emergency safety measures were undertaken last year by encapsulation the capitals in reinforced plastic sheeting.   Now a repair and consolidation process is needed, which will be done using resins specifically produced for conservation work,

6. DECORATION AND RESTORATION OF THE FACADE OF THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE, PIAZZETTA PRIMO LEVI 12

Cornicione-facciata-3

Access gained by using scaffolding and crane baskets will be needed to restore the decoration of the lower facade: below the first cornice (pillars, inscriptions, wooden finishings), and to render uniform the appearance of the repaired and original areas, to guarantee a durable result.

7.  PERIMETER RAILINGS AND WALL

Cancello perimetrico

A general inspection of all the perimeter is needed, to verify the solidity and security of the gates, anchorages and paintwork of the perimeter iron railings, of the perimeter wall, verification of the protection of windows of the ground floor, including inspection of the stained glass windows and their protection, and finally a verification of the electrical equipment, circuits and grounding in accord with current norms and legal requirements.

STUDIO TECNICO DI ARCHITETTURA ED INGEGNERIA
Luciano FAVERO Architetto – Francesco STANTE Architetto

COSTS

The proposed building work is being studied and tenders gathered, but the preliminary estimates indicate €60-70,000 ($75-90,000) just to cover the immediate tasks fundamental for safety, consolidation, conservation and the redecoration of deteriorated areas. This is Phase 1.

The building is due for a full internal redecoration and needs improvements for the acoustics, which were never satisfactory following the post WWII rebuilding.   This raises the estimates to at least €100,000 ($125,000)  in total just for the main Synagogue, Phases 1 plus  2.

A generous contribution already received is allowing us to commence the most urgent works, and we are expecting other domestic contributions, leaving this campaign target at €60,000 ($72,000)

THANKS

Our Committee wishes to thank everyone for their interest

Dario Disegni, Giuseppe Di Chio, Alda Guastalla, Danila Franco, Daniel Fantoni, Alessandro Rimini

PARTICIPATION

For any clarifications please contact our administrative office, indicating:  Building Fund for the Conservation of the Synagogue.

Comunità Ebraica di Torino

Tel. 011.650.83.32
Fax 011.669.11.73
E-mail: segreteria@torinoebraica.it

Piazzetta Primo Levi, 12 – 10125 Torino

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2020-12-31
Jim Masen
2018-04-02
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Help us to Repair our Historic Synagogue to conserve its former beauty and safety, in Torino, Italy

$120   raised
GOAL: $72,000

2

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Comunità Ebraica di Torino
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THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF TURIN has 800 members. The Community governance is elected every four years, and comprises a Board of 5, and a Council of 13 members. Many committees contribute to the organisation and to the religious, cultural, social and charitable institutions that we run. The Synagogue Conservation Project is being run by the building committee (comprising two Engineers and other members), with the professional assistance of an Architects' studio. The Board and Council follow the Project very closely.

  • Junior
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    Even the smallest amount helps the decoration

  • Donatore
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    Brick by brick the Synagogue was built in 1884

  • Amico
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    A few bricks together and the walls were built

  • Contributore
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    Crumbling Capitals were a problem last Rosh Hashanah. Help us to repair one (we have 30)

  • Sostenitore
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    For Yom Kippur 2017 we had the Capitals wrapped in reinforced material for safety. Please repair and redecorate one.

  • Simpatizzante
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    The Towers 'onion' shaped roofs' tiles are dislodged or fallen. Difficult to access and repair.

  • Onorato
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    The main roof has leaks in several areas due to weather beaten tiles. Repair the roof and the water damage

  • Benefattore
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    Main Facade conservation: detailed decoration, plasterwork, stained glass windows, monumental wooden doors with gold leaf inscriptions. We must stop the decay.

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