Synagogue de Delme

The CAC - La Synagogue de Delme is located in an old, oriental-style synagogue built in the late 19th century. Inaugurated in 1881, its design was modelled after Berlin’s New Synagogue, the architect taking his inspiration from this building, which had been inaugurated only a few years earlier. You find the same type of dome, the same entrance with arches, the geometric patterns…

During the Second World War, the synagogue was partly destroyed by the German army. The outer walls survived and the interior was reconstructed after the war according to the strictest guidelines. Due to a lack of resources, the original dome was replaced by a smaller one. The Delme synagogue held its final service in 1978, and permanently closed to worship in 1981 due to having too few followers. The war and the rural exodus had a detrimental effect on the religious life of the premises.

In 1992, the town of Delme signed a ninety-nine-year lease with the Moselle Israelite Consistory, which retains ownership of the property. As part of a proactive educational and cultural policy, the municipal team, on the advice of the Lorraine Regional Department of Cultural Affairs (DRAC), decided to dedicate this work of architecture to a new purpose, turning the synagogue into an exhibition space whose program would be implemented by an association.

Since 2019, the CAC - la synagogue de Delme obtained the label "Contemporary art center of national interest" by the french Ministry of Culture.

Opening hours:
We - Su: 14.00 - 17.30
Free entrance

+33 3 87 01 43 42

  • 33 Rue Poincaré
    57590 Delme
Emily Jones, as a bird would a snake, 2019. Exhibition view at Centre d’art contemporain – la synagogue de Delme. Photo : O.H. Dancy