The Israelitischen Kultusgemeinden (Organization of Jewish Communities) is the primary communal organization in Austria. All Jews active in the community pay a percentage of their annual income tax to the community to subsidize its services. The Jewish community helps fund an old age home, the Jewish day school, kindergartens, the Austrian Jewish Students Union, Jewish student organizations and several Zionist youth groups - B’nai Brith, B’nei Akiva, Hashomer Hatzair, Jewish publications, and it maintains the Jewish cemeteries.
There is also a separate Sephardi federation that operates independently. Vienna’s Sephardi community reestablished itself in May 1992 and has built two synagogues and a room used for festivities. The ultra-Orthodox community also operates independently; it has a separate school system and other institutions.
Bnei Akiva is a religious Zionist youth movement.
Hashomer Hatzair is a Zionist youth movement.
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Ya be Yad
Yad beYad is an organization of for Bucharan youth in Vienna.
Club for 20-30 year olds.
Sections: Bridge, Chess, Golf, Squash and Soccer.
Liberal Jewish community
On February 22, 2004 the synagogue of the Liberal Jewish community, 'Or Chadash', opened in the Robertgasse of Leopoldstadt, a part of Vienna’s 2nd district.
Jewish Welcome Service
Founded in 1978, this non-profit organization aims to document the presence of a vibrant Jewish community after the Holocaust; its main task is international public relations work on behalf of Jewish culture in Austria. It invites thousands of Jewish Austrians driven from the country in 1938 back to Vienna. It also organizes exchange programs for young people from Israel, the US and Austria.
Prof. Dr. Leon Zelman
Society of Sephardi Jews
Members of the Sephardi community include Jews from the Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Approximately 5,000 Jews have come to Vienna over the last two decades. Vienna’s Sephardi community reestablished itself in May 1992 and has built two synagogues and a room used for festivities. Its activities are run by the Sephardi Federation, which is separate from the primary Jewish communal organization. In May 1992, a new synagogue and community rooms were opened at Tempelgasse 7.
Rauscherstraße 23/13, 1200 Vienna
Jewish Center Vienna
1090 Vienna, Währingerstraße,
Meeting place Café' Schottenring
Old Age Home, Nursing Home, Day Care and Medical Care
Anne Kohn-Feuermann-Day Care Center
In the Anne Kohn-Feuermann Day Center, senior citizens can spend several days or weeks. The Day Center provides kosher meals for senior citizens and organizes activities such as visits to museums, excursions, gymnastics, English club.
Hilfe und Hoffnung
A Jewish support organization.
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization. Primary charitable, its focus is healthcare, education and youth institutions.
WIZO, the Women's International Zionist Organization. Deals with the advancement of the status of women, welfare and Jewish education.
Women's religious organization
Jüdisches Frauennetzwerk - Networking
Café Zartl, Rasumofskygasse 7
The Holocaust Victims Information and Support Center is a political body representing Jewish Nazi victims and their heirs. First and foremost, the HVISC seeks to achieve justice for Holocaust survivors finally and without delay.
1010 Vienna, Austria
Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus
(National Fund of the Austrian Republic for Victims of Nazism)
Centropa is the signature project of the Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation.
A nonprofit organization based in Vienna, Austria, the Centropa group is headed by a team of historians, educators, photographers, and other artists and scholars. Centropa has created the first online library of Jewish family memories - in words and images. Centropa organization also has a cultural magazine; there are book reviews, recipes, feature articles, short stories and historical reports. Other Centropa projects include an education scheme that will connect Jewish high school students from America to their European history; a publishing program involving books and brochures, and later documentary films on Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Documentation Archive of the Austrian Resistance documents the crimes of National Socialism and includes important materials about right extremist and racist developments in Austria. The Documentation Archive, however, is not affiliated with the Documentation Center of Simon Wiesenthal.
Spiegelgasse 21/Suite 14
Action agenst anti-Semitism in Austria
c/o DÖW, Altes Rathaus
Wipplinger Str. 6-8
The Austrian Dialogue Forum for Israel consists of an active circle of interested and supporting individuals, who meet for discussions and planning projects emphasizing relations between Austrian and Israeli society. The Dialogue Forum strives for a critical and reflective look at Israel and on Austrian-Israeli relations on the cultural and socio-political levels. Especially focusing on the image of Israel, which is interspersed with many stereotypes in the minds of the Austrian public and in Austrian society, is a central matter of our concern.
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The synagogue that serviced the Orthodox congregation was damaged during the war and reopened in 1963 after extensive renovations. In 1982 the synagogue was attacked by terrorists.
A number of synagogues and prayer houses catering to various Chassidic groups and other congregations function on a regular basis in Vienna.
"Stadttempel" (Central Synagogue)
Chief Rabbi Paul Chaim Eisenberg
Tel. 01/53 104 - 111 DW
Monday - Friday 7 a.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m., Shabbat 9 a.m.
Daily Minchah- and Ma´ariv-Prayer
"Rambam-Synagogue" of the Maimonides Center
For prayer schedule call 43-1-368 16 55
Chief Rabbi David L. Grünfeld
Tel. 01/212 00 94
Tel. 01/512 83 31
Chief Rabbi Abraham Y. Schwartz
Tel. 01/216 88 64
Bucharan Community: Rabbi Yizchak Niazov
Georgian Community: Rabbi Avraham Michalshvili
Tel. 01/214 30 97 (Secretary)
Tel. 01/216 57 80 (Rabbi)
Religious Supervision: Chief Rabbi Chayim Stern
Tel. 01/216 06 79
Rabbi Josef Pardes
Tel. 01/535 41 53
Rabbi Jacob Biderman
Tel.: 01/334 18 18-0
Rabbi Michael Pressburger
Tel. 01/216 36 99
On February 22, 2004 the synagogue of the Liberal Jewish community, Or Chadash, was established in Robertgasse, Leopoldstadt, a part of Vienna’s 2nd district.