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Playwright Eugene Ionesco; actors Molly Picon, Edward Robinson and John Houseman; conductor Sergiu Comissiona; opera star Alma Gluck; pianists Clara Haskil and Theodor Fuchs, and writers Isaac Peltz and Elie Wiesel are some of the internationally known Jewish Romanian personalities in the artistic world.
Violinist Miriam Fried, now an Israeli citizen, was born in Romania, as was Saul Steinberg, an artist best known for his New Yorker drawings.
The country is unique in Eastern and Central Europe for its scores of well-maintained synagogues (nearly 100, of which half are still used for worship) and more than 800 cemeteries scattered throughout Romania.
By 1930, Iasi was home to more than 30,000 Jews and some 127 synagogues. During the early years of World War II, Iaşi was the scene of a pogrom by the Iron Guard, a nationalist Fascist organization.
The majority of the city's Jewish population was killed or deported.
By 1832, ten holy houses had been established, their number increasing significantly before the end of the century. Today, the small remaining community is served by the only standing synagogue, the Great Synagogue, built in the 19th century on the site of the town's first synagogue from 1792. The newer one, with tombs dating from the 19th century, is located at the end of Brosteni Street, not far from the town center.
Almost every one had its own Rabbi and cult performers. The older cemetery, established in the 18th century and closed down during the 19th century, is located on nearby Victoriei Street. Barbulescu 5 Telephone: (230) 540.090 For more information please visit: the 19th century, Iasi was one of the great Eastern European centers of Jewish learning, famous for its scholarly rabbis, intellectuals and skilled craftsmen, as well as for its Jewish schools, hospitals, publications and various organizations.