This website presents the Jewish heritage of the town of Senec. The monuments described here – the synagogue, cemetery and ritual bath (mikvah) – survive as traces of the town’s once-prosperous Jewish community, which previously formed an integral part of the local society. The majority of Senec’s Jewish population perished during the Holocaust. Some survivors attempted to rebuild Jewish life here during the postwar period. The final blow to the local Jewish community was delivered by the communist regime, which persecuted community chairman Ján Bernfeld and his family. The synagogue was later expropriated and used as a storage facility.
After decades of neglect the Jewish monuments of Senec are currently undergoing restoration. This will not bring Jewish life back to the town, but at least the memory of Senec’s Jewish past will be preserved for future generations. This endeavour would not be possible without the support of the Bratislava Self-Governing Region, which acquired the former synagogue and is restoring it for use as a cultural venue and a space for dialogue between various religions.