Renewal on Peitavas


Restoration of Riga's Only Synagogue to Survive the Holocaust Reflects Renewal of a Community

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the synagogue on Peitavas street survived the burning of Riga’s other synagogues and the nearly total genocide of Latvian Jews in the Holocaust.


After a two-year renovation, the synagogue was rededicated in 2009. Renewal on Peitavas tells the history of the synagogue and shows its moving rededication, reflecting the revival of Riga’s Jewish community.


During the documentary, a prophetic inscription above the synagogue's ark, which holds its Torah scrolls, is explained.


Among those seen in the film are (positions at the time of

filming): Riga’s Rabbi Mordechai Glazman, Aryeh Grinman, Professor Ruvin Ferber – Chair of the Judaic Studies Center at the University of Latvia, Serge Cwajgenbaum, Z”L – Secretary-General of the European Jewish Congress, Chen Ivri Apter, Z”L – Israel’s Ambassador to the Baltic Nations, Valdis Zalters – President of Latvia, with appearances by Arkady Suharenko – Chairman of the Council of the Jewish Communities of Latvia, Rabbi Menachem Barkahan of Shamir, Zev Shulman, and the Balsis Choir.


For the Renewal on Peitavas trailer click below.

Production Information

Director-Producer:              Director of Photography:

Sound Recordist:


Local Coordinator - Riga:


Mitchell Lieber

Sid Lubitsch

Richard Pooler

Augie Augenstein

Lina Ferbere

Filmed in Riga, Latvia



19 Minutes

16 x 9 HD