The first record mentioning the Yeshiva of Mád is from the time of Rabbi Amram Blum (1864-1881). The yeshiva reached its peak in the beginning of the 20th century, having more than 140 students in this period. According to local inhabitants, the room of the rabbi was the only vaulted area upstairs, and a library was settled in the rear part of the building, close to the synagogue. Some say that the Jewish ritual butcher (the shakter) also lived here before 1944. Written records confirm that a ritual bath was built near the rabbi’s house. After World War II, the synagogue lost its original function, because 90% of the Jewish residents of Mád perished during the war. The synagogue, the rabbi’s house and the land were appropriated by the state in 1952. While the synagogue building was left to ruin, the rabbi’s house was converted into apartments, which had residents until the early 1990s. After standing empty for 25 years, the house was renovated under the project “Trail of the Wonder-Working Rabbis” in 2015.
The renovation of the historic rabbi’s house revives its cultural and traditional roles as well allowing it to serve as an exhibition venue, regain its status as a center of learning, function as a well-equipped pilgrim’s rest, and, welcome visitors interested in their roots or in regional traditions.
Various guest rooms are available on several floors, offering clean and relaxing atmosphere for altogether 32 pilgrims. Furnished in vintage style, living spaces combine traditional forms and natural materials with modern elements to create a unified tone in the rooms.
As a result of the many prescriptions concerning its preparation, Jewish cuisine is particularly distinctive. Kosher catering is also available in the Rabbi’s House.
THE ROOM OF THE RABBI
The room of the rabbi is a special area of the pilgrim’s house. Visitors can find here some 500 books on Jewish religion, and also various exhibitions introducing rabbis, education, religious life, prayers and liturgy. A carefully designed environment, gentle background music and a special furniture collection provide a complete tranquil experience.