Inside a dying German church, a new synagogue rises

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The former Schlosskirche was converted into a synagogue for the city's budding Jewish community in Cottbus, Germany. It is the first synagogue in the German state of Brandenburg since 1938. Photo courtesy of City of Cottbus

The former Schlosskirche was converted into a synagogue for the city's budding Jewish community in Cottbus, Germany. It is the first synagogue in the German state of Brandenburg since 1938. Photo courtesy of City of Cottbus

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COTTBUS, Germany (RNS) With the city’s backing and unanimous support among evangelical leaders, state officials offered to buy the church for the Jewish community and turn it into a synagogue -- the first in the State of Brandenburg since 1938.

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  • A building does not bring us into the presence of God. But, where 2 or more believers gather together, Jesus/Yeshua taught us, God is in the midst. We need to receive Israel’s Messiah as Savior and Lord to be forgiven of our sins and to have peace with God the Father. That’s where our spiritual journey begins. Shalom

  • Daniel

    Only G-d can forgive my sins which he does every Yom Kippur. i dont need some fake middleman to intercede for me. The Messiah will come when G-d decides it time

  • charles hoffman

    the jews of cutburg didn’t “disappear”
    they were taken away and murdered by Germans police or their SS bosses.

  • Be Brave

    “G-d?”

    God has a name per God in the Tanakh.

    And there is only one Savior, “God” of the Tanakh. Also know as YHWH.

    YHWH the Savior = Yeshua.

    A hyphen does not change eternal truth. Nor can it change eternal Truth, or the Way or the Life. Nor does the poison of Maimonides’ theology kill the Truth.

    I rejoice that a former European Church building was adopted by Jews as a Synagogue. A place where Yeshua the Messiah found comforting and will once again as He returns as Messiah.

    But until that day comes, we must pray for the peace of Israel and Jews everywhere. For where the tree in Zion grows larger, there is also the grafted on branches that are fed as well.

  • Larry

    “A hyphen does not change eternal truth. Nor can it change eternal Truth, or the Way or the Life. Nor does the poison of Maimonides’ theology kill the Truth. ”

    Yeah that kind of makes your statement about peace for Israel and the Jews a bit ironic. You allegedly wish them peace but don’t really respect their beliefs in anyway. At best Christian Zionists are frenemies to the Jewish faith.

  • When Yeshua spoke His last words on the cross “it is finished” and yielded up His spirit, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, signifying that access to the very holy of holies is now through the veil, that is Messiah/Christ. At that same moment the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many of the bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of their tombs after His resurrection they entered the Holy City (Jerusalem) and appeared to many. This is recorded in Mathew 27. To reject the only provision for forgiveness of sins that God has given us is to remain in our sins. Yeshua is the only way to the Father. “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.” 1 John 2:23

  • Garson Abuita

    Funny that you use “YHWH” as a way of avoiding saying God’s name, but deride the use of “G-d” to do the same. The latter is commonly done in Judaism today to avoid a violation of the 3rd of the Ten Commandments.

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