Heide-Kalmthout is the village where Lukas Pairon grew up.
It has an impressive Jewish history, exemplified by the presence in the village of the first Jeshiva of Belgium (since 1929), and a rare village synagogue (since 1928-1929), which is now being restored.
The association vzw ‘Synagoge Heide’ is working on making the Jewish past of the village known and on making sure the synagogue of the village is restored.
See a short presentation (in Dutch) here and here, and an long interview (subtitled in Dutch and French) with Lukas’ friend David Susskind who tells about his adolescent years as a student in the Jeshiva of Heide: “David Susskind in Heide” (version with Dutch and French subtitles). A version of this video with English subtitles can be found here.
Financial support for the work of the association ‘Synagoge Heide’ is welcome (with possible tax deduction from € 40 via vzw HERITA account): banc account BE41 745017211610 (BIC: KREDBEBB) (important to mention: ‘Synagoge Heide’)
Contact association ‘Synagoge Heide’ to receive information on the regular walks organized with guide Hans Geldhof around the Jewish history of the village Heide: firstname.lastname@example.org, +32(0)36202210.