Warsaw’s Jewish community recently received its biggest compensation deal since the government agreed to communal property restitution in 1997.
After an eight-year battle with Warsaw city authorities, the city has paid the community $3.2 million in compensation for the site of the Round Synagogue in Praga, an area next to the Vistula River.

The synagogue, one of only a handful of round synagogues in Europe, was destroyed by the Communist regime in 1961, and the building now houses a theater and kindergarten as well as several other tenants.

The community plans to invest the money for long-term goals, explained Andrzej Zozula, community vice president and executive director of the Union of Religious Communities in Poland. A decision about the best way to invest the compensation will not be made until after community elections in February, Zozula said.