By Toby Axelrod, September 26, 2008
Just in time for the New Year, two Jewish communities in Germany have new synagogues.
But the buildings themselves are not new. In Bielefeld, a former church has been refitted, its steeple and church bells replaced with a dome. And in Krefeld, a former commercial building has been redesigned, using elements rescued from the synagogue destroyed in the town during the anti-Jewish Kristallnacht pogrom nearly 70 years ago.
Both new synagogues, which each hold 300 worshippers, are located in the former West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.