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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  • Praying there Saturday morning. Joined the Spanish compound (vision employees) due Saturday and last month accompanied choirs cantors in the head. We hear there was a very interesting experience.
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  • this visit did not have the best choir and cantor compared to last December but it did have some nice melodious elements  more »
  • synagogue empty at the time of our visit, we were able to walk through the entire site, beautiful stained-glass windows, bringing light and large majestic chandelier
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  • This is a very inspirational place for me and also a place that is comfortable with strangers not like many other Jewish temples in Jerusalem. Every last Saturday of the Jewish month (no easy translation into regular calander. Ask a Jewish friend or check online) is the major monthly service.
  • 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 and brutalist designs). Free to pop in and generally open to public. I assume it’s busy during ceremonies etc.
  • 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

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