The Jewish Cultural Center

Formerly Hotel Shumadija, the site of the Jewish Cultural Center is protected as a cultural heritage monument under temporary protection and is currently undergoing restauration. Built in 1912, it is a testament to Prizren’s legacy and long history of hospitality. It sits in Qafë Pazar, near the Catholic church and the Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas. During the 1980s and 1990s, it served as a center for senior citizens. In 2016, the building was handed over to the Jewish Community of Kosovo. The presence of Jews in Kosovo dates to the fifteenth century when refugees fleeing the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions arrived. Jews became involved in trade between the various provinces in the Ottoman Empire, becoming especially important in the salt trade. In 1948, with the establishment of the State of Israel, a large portion of the Jewish community migrated there. In 1999, 329 Jews registered as living in Kosovo; currently, in Prizren, there are only sixteen small families.


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