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ISRAEL: List of synagogues in Israel

ISRAEL: List of synagogues in Israel

A synagogue, also spelled synagog ( בית כנסת beyt knesset, meaning “house of assembly”; בית תפילה beyt t’fila, meaning “house of prayer”; שול shul; אסנוגה esnoga; קהל kal) is a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogues have a large hall for prayer (the main sanctuary), and can also have smaller rooms for study and sometimes a social hall and offices. Some have a separate room for Torah study, called the beit midrash (Sfard) “beis midrash (Ashkenaz)—בית מדרש (“House of Study”).

Synagogues are consecrated spaces that can be used only for the purpose of prayer; however, a synagogue is not necessary for worship. Communal Jewish worship can be carried out wherever ten Jews (a minyan) assemble. Worship can also be carried out alone or with fewer than ten people assembled together. However, there are certain prayers that are communal prayers and therefore can be recited only by a minyan. A synagogue does not replace the long-since destroyed Temple in Jerusalem. Israelis use the Hebrew term bet knesset (assembly house). Jews of Ashkenazi descent have traditionally used the Yiddish term “shul” (cognate with the German Schule, school) in everyday speech. Spanish and Portuguese Jews call the synagogue an esnoga. Persian Jews and Karaite Jews use the term kenesa, which is derived from Aramaic, and some Arabic-speaking Jews use knis. Some Reform Jews use temple. The Greek word synagogue is a good all-around term, used in English (and German and French), to cover the preceding possibilities. Synagogues often take on a broader role in modern Jewish communities and may include additional facilities such as a catering hall, kosher kitchen, religious school, library, day care center and a smaller chapel for daily services.


A list of notable synagogues in Israel:
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Center District

Kehillat YOZMA (Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut)
Achvat Israel (Rishon LeZion)
Bavat Ayin (Rosh HaAyin)
Central Synagogue (Rishon LeZion)
Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism (Jaffa)
Kehilat Birkat Shalom (Gezer Regional Council)
Kehillat Raanan (Ra’anana)
Yeshurun Central Synagogue (Gedera)

Haifa District

Central Synagogue (Haifa)
Congregation Ohel Avraham (Haifa)
Congregation Or Hadash Reform/Progressive (Haifa)
Congregation Emet veShalom (Nahariya)
Kehillat Sulam Yaakov (Zichron Ya’akov)
Ohel Ya’akov Synagogue (Zikhron Ya’aqov)
Or Hadash (Haifa)

Jerusalem District

Great Synagogue (Jerusalem)
Hurva Synagogue (Jerusalem)
Four Sephardic Synagogues (Jerusalem)
Kehilat Har-El (Jerusalem)
Kehillat Kol HaNeshama (Baka, Jerusalem)
Kehillat Mevakshei Derech (San Simon)
Ramban Synagogue (Jerusalem)
Western Wall
Ades Synagogue
Ari Synagogue
Beit El Synagogue
Belz Great Synagogue
Heichal Shlomo
Ohel Yitzchak Synagogue
Ohr ha-Chaim Synagogue
Old Yemenite Synagogue
Pressburg Yeshiva (Jerusalem)
Shira Hadasha
Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue
Tzuf Dvash Synagogue
Warren’s Gate
Wilson’s Arch (Jerusalem)
Zoharei Chama Synagogue

Judea and Samaria District

Abraham Avinu Synagogue (Hebron)
Shalom Al Israel synagogue (Jericho)

North District

Abuhav Synagogue (Safed)
Ramchal Synagogue (Acre)
Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue (Safed)
Beit Alfa (Beit Alfa)
Congregation Yedid Nefesh (Karmiel)
Peki’in Synagogue (Peki’in)
Shfaram Ancient Synagogue (Shfaram)

Tel Aviv District

Brit Olam Ono (Kiryat Ono, on Ono Academic College campus)
Darchei Noam (Ramat HaSharon)
Great Synagogue (Tel Aviv)
Hechal Yehuda Synagogue (Tel Aviv)
Sha’are Kedem (Herzliya)

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