Kosov Synagogue Safed
|בית הכנסת קוסוב
|Tzfat synagogue established by Jews who immigrated from Kosov, Poland.
The historic Kosov synagogue continues to function as a vibrant Hassidic synagogue in Tzfat. It includes the traditions and customs of the founding Kosov Hassidim while introducing innovations that meet the interests of the families who currently pray and study at Kosov.
 HistoryTzfat after the 1837 earthquake and build their synagogue on Alkabetz Street, on the street just below the Ari Ashkanazi synagogue. The Kosov Hassidim were followers of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager in Kosov and established their synagogue in Tzfat to allow members to continue to worship and study in the traditions of their Hassidus. The Kosov Hassidim in Kosov supported the synagogue and its community in Tzfat.
The Kosov community in Tzfat declined and by the mid-20th century the synagogue fell into disrepair. There was no “minyan” -- prayer quorum -- to meet for daily prayers. Sabbath prayers ceased several years later. By the 1970s the synagogue was closed, locked and used only for storage by a local artist.
 Torah Scrolls
The synagogue uses three Torah scrolls which date back to the early days of the synagogue.The original Kosov immigrants brought one of these scrolls with them from Kosov. It is said to have belonged to the Kosov Rebbe and is dated at approximately 300 years old. The other two scrolls are at least 100 years old. The synagogue uses all three of these scrolls regularly.
 Biala Rebbe
The Biala Rebbe, the Rebbe of Lugano, Switzerland, maintains a home in Tzfat and worships regularly in the Kosov synagogue. He is the spiritual advisor of the synagogue and directs the synagogue’s spiritual efforts.
 Beit Midrash
Several men study part-time at the Kosov synagogue throughout the day.
The new trustees of the Kosov synagogue established a memorial, on the stone facing of the synagogue’s outside wall, to memorialize the Jews of Kosov who were murdered by the Nazis. Most of the community was annihilated by a mass killing at the Moskalovka Bridge in 1941 while the others were sent to Belzac concentration camp where they were murdered. The memorial commemorates the community.