The Great Synagogue

The Great Synagogue

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Modeled after the Jewish Holy Temple, Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue is a majestic structure located on King George Street in the center of town. The Great Synagogue was established in 1982 after the adjacent Heichal Shlomo building could no longer contain the throngs of worshipers who were turning up for Sabbath services every week.

The Great Synagogue is dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust, as well as Israel’s fallen in the 1948 War of Independence. Services in the main sanctuary on Shabbat and holidays are regularly led by top hazzanim (cantors) in the old Ashkenazi style.

The sanctuary houses breathtaking stained-glass windows and a magnificent chandelier hanging above the ark, and the acoustics  effectively  transmit the professional choir's renditions.

There is also a Sephardic synagogue in the building, and a collection of contemporary mezuzah cases that is among the largest in the world. Those who enjoy the old-world splendor of Ashkenazi liturgical music are advised to stop by on a Saturday morning for Sabbath services – it’s a rare treat.

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  • Steven Gutierrez
    Steven Gutierrez
    November 5, 2017

    As an agnostic tourist I enjoyed visited this synagogue for the fascinating stained glass windows and ‘soviet’ style decor (not sure if that’s the exact style but at least it’s what I think of when I see big structures an...

  • Natalie Carmona
    Natalie Carmona
    August 18, 2019

    This is a beautiful Synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel. They have beautiful glass windows that tell the stories of Israel's history. They have a reform temple in which the females sit upstairs and the males sit downstairs.

  • Ahmet Erik
    Ahmet Erik
    September 29, 2023

    The Great Synagogue in Jerusalem is simply..beautiful. it is truly elegant and beautifully built. We went inside and the people were extremely friendly, they were nice towards us. The architecture is mersmerising and the...

  • Ignacio Muzaleno
    Ignacio Muzaleno
    September 26, 2023

    Majestic, impressive and formidable place.

  • YisraelYeshaya
    November 26, 2022

    The service on Friday night is as long as other synagogues. On Shabbos day, the service is 3 hours, usually. There is always a trained cantor ( chazzan) leading the service. Once or twice a month, there is a choir singing...

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