This is a finished project
Saving and restoring the original Chortkov bima.
When we explored the Blue room, we found the original Chortkov Bima in a corner in a very bad condition. It’s door fell off, and it was in the middle of a wet spot, so all prayerbooks inside, it’s bottom sheet, and also the floor around was full rotten away from decades of decay.
When a nearby shul in Dobozi street in te 1980’s closed, they united the two shuls, and doing so, they replaced the original brown bima with the white bima they took from the other shul, as a symbol of unity.
Now the shul has a mixed set of a bima (Torah reader) and aron ha-kodesh (Tora ark). Since the mixed set is a legacy, we do not want to replace the white bima with the original, but we do want to save and restore it, and put it to exhibition.
The Bima was in a Mazsihisz warehouse waiting to be restored, where was it turned into a pile of wood due to careless handling.
The pieces later were taken to a furniture restoration workshop and they got restored by a member, who owns the workshop.
The bima is now finished, and is back in the shul.