210 shuls built, renovated in 5779

30 synagogues were built or renovated in Jerusalem – the most out of any city in the world last year.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
September 22, 2019 21:17
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210 shuls built, renovated in 5779

Synagogue in Vilnius, Lithuania. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

210 synagogues were established or refurbished in 5779 – 120 of them in Israel and 90 worldwide – with a total investment of NIS 1.5 billion, a survey by Lavi Industries revealed.

30 synagogues were built or renovated in Jerusalem – the most out of any city in the world last year – with an additional 25 synagogues being constructed or planned, according to Micha Oberman, Lavi’s CEO.

In Jerusalem, establishing synagogues inside supermarkets, malls and shopping centers has become a trend, with Rami Levy, Yohananof, Malcha Mall and Yenot Bitan creating spaces for Jewish prayer.

5779 was also notable because the first completely accessible synagogue was established adjacent to Herzog Memorial Hospital in Jerusalem, providing convenient seating and easy access to the Holy Ark and bimah, along with other features to accommodate a variety of disabilities.

In Tel Aviv, there was a phenomenon of restoring old synagogues that were on the cusp of closure due to the aging population of the city. In the last three years, a new population of young people has taken over the buildings and now hold weekly services. Such synagogues include North Central Synagogue on Ben Yehuda Street and the Yakar Synagogue on Jericho Street.


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