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The Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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The Great Synagogue of Jerusalem, is located at 56 King George Street, Jerusalem, Israel. Rabbi Zalman Druck was the spiritual leader from the synagogue's establishment until his death on 11 December 2009. The synagogue's current president is Rabbi Dr. David M. Fuld.HistoryAs early as 1923 the Chief Rabbis of Israel, Abraham Kook and Jacob Meir, mooted plans for a large central synagogue in Jerusalem. It was over 30 years later in 1958 when Heichal Shlomo, seat of the Israeli Rabbinate, was founded, that a small synagogue was established within the building. As time passed and the need for more space grew, services were moved and held in the foyer of Heichal Shlomo. Soon afterwards, when the premises could not hold the number of worshippers attending, it was decided that a new, much larger synagogue be built.The plot of land next to Heichal Shlomo was purchased with the efforts of Dr Moshe Avrohom Yaffe, chairman of the Board of Management of Heichal Shlomo. The main sponsor for construction of the new synagogue was Sir Isaac Wolfson, a Jewish philanthropist from Britain. The Wolfson family consecrated the synagogue in the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and to the fallen soldiers of Israel Defense Forces.
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  • The building is amazing and massive. I was actually visiting the building next door for a function and took the boy outside in his buggy to put him to sleep. As I wandered round and round the courtyar...  more »
  • I was there the first week of January Sabbath services - I was socked that between man and women total people attending were 150 - in a structure that can hold 1500 + people . still enjoyed and highly...  more »
  • בית הכנסת הגדול כולל גלריה בכניסה של כל מיני פריטי יודאיקה. בית הכנסת עצמו יפה מבפנים אבל ללא הדרכה אין הרבה מה לעשות שם. מומלץ ביותר לבקר בימי שיש שבת ובמועדים ולהשתלב בתפילות השונות. ביום כיפור האחר...  more »
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  • I went to the new Great Synagogue in 2006, 4 years after if was opened, as a visitor, mid-week. It looked really grand, with a doorkeeper and leaflets being handed out explaining all that had been done in building this amazing place of worship to the living God! I returned last week - 25 years later - as a visitor on a Monday, hoping it would still be an amazing place of worship. How sad it looked!! Really showing its age with paint peeling off outside, just above the entrance - surely for G_d's house, this could be sorted properly for not a lot of cost!. There was no doorkeeper to welcome people, no leaflets, poorly lit, and visitors could only go up to the women's section to view the interior - by which I assume they meant men and women visitors. Directions to the women's section were very mis-leading. Please - restore the Synagogue to be pleasing to G_d and to others who come to seek him in this Holy Place.
  • Very big and nice shul on shabbat rosh hodesh they have a choir.
  • The main synagouge of Jerusalem, interesting to see one on thay scale
  • A great site to see in Jerusalem
  • I hate it.