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Ynet readers choose Israel's most beautiful synagogues
After last year's festive project, in which we presented special temples in Israel selected by leading architects, this year we bring you the 10 prettiest synagogues recommended by our readers ahead of Yom Kippur

A year has gone by, and Yom Kippur is here again. Last year Ynet asked 10 leading architects to select the most beautiful synagogues in Israel. Tens of thousands of readers who enjoyed the project suggested other impressive temples.

 

  • Architects choose Israel's most beautiful synagogues – part 1 and part 2

 

This year we decided to repeat the project, this time with the synagogues mentioned most by our readers, each accompanied by a picture and an ID including details about the nature of the prayers at each site on Yom Kippur. May you be inscribed in the book of life!

 

1) Beit Tanchum Synagogue

4 Hakalaniyot Street, Tirat Hacarmel


צילום: אבישג שאר-ישוב

Synagogue for Caucasian immigrants (Photo: Avishag Shear-Yeshuv) 

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 5 pm, the morning prayer – 4:20 pm, the afternoon prayer – 3 pm, and the closing prayer – 4:30 pm.

 

Version: Sephardic-Jerusalemite.

 

Cantor: Rabbi Yehuda Yaakobov.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: 220.

 

Women's gallery: Located on the second floor.

 

Cost of chair: None.

 

Accessible to disabled people: No.

 

2) Gvurat Mordechai Synagogue

32 Herzog Street, Givatayim


צילום: ירון ברנר

Religious community service and synagogue (Photo: Yaron Brener)

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 5:20 pm, the morning prayer – 7:30 am, the afternoon and closing prayer – 3 pm.

 

Version: Sephardic.

 

Cantor: Local.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: 500.

 

Women's gallery: Located on the top floor and bottom floor.

 

Cost of chair: NIS 750 (about $199) for two.

 

Accessible to disabled people: Yes.

 

3) Abuhav Synagogue

Abuhav Alley, Safed


צילום: אביהו שפירא

Synagogue names after Rabbi Yitzhak Abuhav (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 5 pm, the morning prayer – 7 am, the afternoon prayer – 2:30 pm, and the closing prayer – half an hour before sunset.

 

Version: Sephardic.

 

Cantor: From the community.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: 100.

 

Women's gallery: Upstairs.

 

Cost of chair: None.

 

Accessible to disabled people: No.

 

4) Shaar Harahamim Synagogue

Ephraim Luzon Street (Nahal Ashan neighborhood), Beersheba


צילום: הרצל יוסף

Beersheba's religious community center (Photo: Herzel Yosef)

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 6 pm, the morning prayer – 6 am, the afternoon prayer – 3 pm, and the closing prayer – 5 pm.

 

Version: Sephardic-Jerusalemite.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: 600.

 

Women's gallery: Upstairs.

 

Cost of chair: None.

 

Accessible to disabled people: Volunteers take the handicapped people up.

 

5) Belz House of Study

11 Dover Shalom Street, Jerusalem


צילום: גיל יוחנן

Belz Hasidic dynasty's school of thought (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 6:30 pm, the morning prayer – 6 am, the afternoon and closing prayer in the afternoon hours – no regular time (about half an hour before the sun sets).

 

Version: Ashkenazi.

 

Cantor: The Hasidic leader leads the "Kol Nidrei", "Mussaf" and closing prayers. Rabbi David Meir Weiss leads the morning prayer.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: About 6,000.

 

Women's gallery: Located on three galleries – one on each side: North, south and west.

 

Cost of chair: NIS 400 (about $106).

  

Accessible to disabled people: Yes, there's an entrance from the north side with a special ramp for handicapped people which leads all the way to the synagogue.

 

6) Or Torah Synagogue

13 Kaplan Street, Akko


צילום: אבישג שאר ישוב

Tunisian synagogue (Photo: Avishag Shear-Yeshuv)

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 6 pm, the morning prayer – 7 am, the afternoon prayer – 2 pm, and the closing prayer – 5 pm.

 

Version: Sephardic.

 

Cantor: From the community.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: 300.

 

Women's gallery: Upstairs.

 

Cost of chair: None.

 

Accessible to disabled people: No.

 

7) Algarbia Synagogue

Golomb Street, Ofakim


צילום: הרצל יוסף 

Synagogue of community which immigrated from Djerba, Tunisia (Photo: Herzel Yosef)

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 10 minutes after the beginning of the fast, the morning prayer – 7 am, the afternoon prayer – 3 pm, and the closing prayer – half an hour before the end of the fast.

 

Version: Mizrachi.

 

Cantor: From the community.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: 400.

 

Women's gallery: Downstairs, in the back.

 

Cost of chair: None.

 

Accessible to disabled people: Yes.

 

8) Kiryat Shmuel's Central Synagogue

11 Torah Veavoda Street, Kiryat Shmuel


צילום: אבישג שאר ישוב

Kiryat Shmuel's synagogue (Photo: Avishag Shear-Yeshuv)

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 5 pm, the morning prayer – 7 am, the afternoon and closing prayer – 3 pm.

 

Version: Sephardic.

 

Cantor: From the community.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: More than 600.

 

Women's gallery: Upstairs, surrounding the synagogue, and downstairs for women who have trouble walking up.

 

Cost of chair: Annual members fee of NIS 450 (no additional cost on the holiday).

 

Accessible to disabled people: Yes.

 

9) Moshav Nevatim's Synagogue

In the center of the community


צילום: הרצל יוסף

Cochin culture and heritage center (Photo: Herzel Yosef) 

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 5 pm, the morning prayer – 5:30 am, the afternoon and closing prayer – 2 pm.

 

Version: Sephardic (Livorno).

 

Cantor: Eliyahu Meir.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: 350.

 

Women's gallery: Upstairs.

 

Cost of chair: Free.

 

Accessible to disabled people: None.

 

10) Ohel Moed Synagogue

5 Shadal Street, Tel Aviv


צילום: ירון ברנר

Great Sephardic synagogue (Photo: Yaron Brener)

 

Prayer times on Yom Kippur: "Kol Nidrei" – 5 pm, the morning prayer – 7 am, the afternoon prayer – 3 pm, and the closing prayer – 5 pm.

 

Version: Sephardic-Jerusalemite.

 

Cantor: Rabbi Daniel Nachum.

 

Number of seats in the synagogue: 350.

 

Women's gallery: Some on the side, some upstairs.

 

Cost of chair: None.

 

Accessible to disabled people: None.

 

Yoav Friedman contributed to this story

 


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