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The Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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4.5/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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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  • Definitely worth a visit when in Jerusalem. Great experience, learning more about the Jewish culture etc. 
  • This morning we attended Shabbat services . The building is beautiful with many stained glass windows. The women sit in the balcony but can see down on the main floor. Today there was a nice breeze th...  read more »
  • Very big and nice shul on shabbat rosh hodesh they have a choir.
  • This Synagogue serves as a reminder that I failed. I'll do better next time I guess... Maybe I should find another religion.
  • The main synagouge of Jerusalem, interesting to see one on thay scale
  • Great synagogue with great architecture
  • Very spiritual place
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