A Visual & Historical Record of Synagogues

from Around the World - 360° panoramas of Jewish Culture

Synagogues360 brings you a unique visual and historical experience of synagogues across North America, Europe and Asia from small, remote villages to cosmopolitan cities. On our journey we have had the privilege not only of witnessing outstanding examples of synagogue architecture, but also hearing the stories of many of these synagogues and their communities from local residents and curators.

A synagogue (Hebrew: בית כנסת beit knesset, “house of assembly”; Yiddish: שול, shul; Ladino: אסנוגה, esnoga) is a Jewish house of worship, assembly and study. According to the Bible, the first Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was completed in 957 BCE. Since then Jewish communities throughout the world have built synagogues.

Each is an expression of the culture, artistic values and architectural technology of its era. Time, war, anti-Semitism and shifting population have caused the destruction or changed the use of these houses of worship.

This website preserves these unique historical legacies and presents them in 360 degree panoramic, interactive photos.

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Knesseth Israel (The Junction Schule)

One of West Toronto's landmarks. The oldest synagogue building still in use as a synagogue...

Boskovice Synagogue

The Boskovice synagogue is a superb and lovingly restored remnant of the city's once thriving...

Holesove Synagogue

The plain, whitewashed exterior belies the lovely, painted interior. The Holešov Synagogue, or Sach Synagogue...

Kasejovice Synagogue

Kasejovice Synagogue Kasejovice is a small town in South West Bohemia about 54 miles from...

Kolin Synagogue

2nd Oldest Synagogue in the Czech Republic. Jews resided in Kolin as early as the...

New Synagogue

The massive stone exterior hides the baroque painted interior. Wedged into the heart of the...

Beth Meir

The only remaining synagogue on the island of Corsica. The island of Corsica, famous for...

Beth Hamidrash

Although this deteriorating synagogue has been replaced with a newer one, the painted interior is...

Wilshire Boulevard Temple

The first Jewish congregation of Los Angeles. The Wilshire Boulevard Temple was built by Congregation...

Congregation Agudath Shalom

Known as The Queen of Synagogues, it was the largest in New England at the...

Temple De Hirsch Sinai

The largest Reform congregation in the Pacific Northwest was formed in a 1971 merger of...

Ohel Jakob

A striking modern building prominently sited in a city square (platz). The Ohel Jakob Synagogue...

Temple Beth El

The first Jewish congregation of Michigan. Temple Beth El is Michigan’s first Jewish congregation. Its...

Congregation Shalom

A congregation with an inspiring history of growth and service as well as inspiring sanctuary...

Livorno

Livorno's current synagogue, centrally located in a city square, replaces the synagogue built there in...

Malibu Jewish Center

Overlooking the Pacific coast; Shabbat with a salsa beat; religious school with organic gardening in...

Jewish Community of Japan

An egalitarian congregation homed in a synagogue designed by a world-class architect. It is thought...

Beth El Synagogue

The curved wooden roof over the sanctuary swoops skyward, evoking the Tent of Meeting. Originally...

Shaarey Zedek

Referred to as one of the top ten breathtaking places of worship in the United...

Temple De Hirsch Sinai

The largest Reform congregation in the Pacific Northwest was formed in a 1971 merger of...

Congregation Bet Ha’am

An internationally acclaimed architectural design. In a state where there have been Jewish congregations for...

Congregation Shalom

A congregation with an inspiring history of growth and service as well as inspiring sanctuary...

Kneses Tifereth Israel

Called one of the 20 most architecturally significant synagogues in the USA. A group of...

Malibu Jewish Center

Overlooking the Pacific coast; Shabbat with a salsa beat; religious school with organic gardening in...

Temple Beth Zion

One of the oldest and largest Reform congregations in the nation with a sanctuary that...

Congregation Bet Shalom

A striking edifice designed by an award winning architectural firm. Congregation Bet Shalom (House of...

Beth El Synagogue

The curved wooden roof over the sanctuary swoops skyward, evoking the Tent of Meeting. Originally...

Congregation Bet Ha’am

An internationally acclaimed architectural design. In a state where there have been Jewish congregations for...

Temple Ahavat Achim

For more than 100 years we have been, quite simply, the center of Jewish Life...

Adath B’nai Israel

A spectacular, iconic synagogue befitting a Jewish community dating from 1857. The following material is...

Jewish Center of the Hamptons

Has been called an architectural masterpiece. Quoted from Wikipedia: Gates of the Grove (Shaarey Pardes),...

Temple Israel of Greater Miami Gumenick

Named as the 15th most notable building in Florida by the American Institute of Architects....

Temple Beth Shalom

An architecturally striking building that accentuates its rugged hillside site. The 15,000 square foot synagogue...

Temple Beth El

Described as an architectural wonder with a cavernous, spiraling wooden sanctuary in the shape of...

The Hampton Synagogue

An architectural retelling of the story of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai....

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

In a forested setting with a design influenced by Eastern European wooden synagogues. Hevreh means...

Temple Beth Elohim

Located in a suburb of Boston, described by a noted architectural critic as "A temple,...

Temple Beth Zion

One of the oldest and largest Reform congregations in the nation with a sanctuary that...

Temple Israel

A large, urban synagogue located in the Shalom Park district of South Charlotte. As one...

Congregation Bet Shalom

A striking edifice designed by an award winning architectural firm. Congregation Bet Shalom (House of...

Jewish Center of the Hamptons

Has been called an architectural masterpiece. Quoted from Wikipedia: Gates of the Grove (Shaarey Pardes),...

Beth Israel

The oldest surviving synagogue in the province of Saskatchewan. Beth Israel Synagogue, including its adjacent...

Zeizmariai

One of eight remaining old wooden synagogues in Lithuania. At one time over 9% of...

Congregation Bnai Israel

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the synagogue of Congregation Bnai Israel was...

Congregation Agudath Achim

More than 100 years old, Agudas Achim's building is maintained in pristine condition The first...

Congregation B’nai Isaac

Although small in size this synagogue has endured for nearly 100 years. The August 18,...

Adas Yoshuron

Unaffiliated. All-inclusive. The heart of Mid-Coast Maine's Jewish community since 1912 Often referred to in...

Beth Israel Congregation

The chance confluence of a sick Jewish child and a welcoming Gentile community led to...

Temple Israel

The oldest functioning synagogue west of the Mississippi and probably the highest elevation synagogue in...

Tifereth Israel

One of the last remnants of the Alliance Colony and one of few remaining 19th...

Garton Road Shul

The smallest of the area's existing historic, agricultural colony synagogues. Officially named Beth Israel, the...

Woodbourne Shul

Formally named B'nai Israel, the historic wooden shul is constructed in Carpenter Gothic style. "B'nai...

Congregation Beth Israel

The oldest synagogue building in the USA continuously used by the same congregation. The completion...

East Hill Synagogue

The synagogue's architecture blends perfectly with the stately homes surrounding it. In an abundantly forested...

Temple Adas Israel

Long Island's oldest synagogue Quoted from the booklet prepared for Temple Adas Israel's 120th Anniversary:...

Congregation B’nai Israel

A diverse community located in the Niagara region which respects the wisdom of its elders...

Centro Sefaradi

One of three active synagogues in Havana, the Sefardic Synagogue affiliated with Conservative Judaism in...

Rouen Synagogue

Stylistically the synagogue is a combination of Bauhaus and Cubistic influences. After the expulsion of...

The Black Synagogue

One of few German synagogues to survive World War II. There has been a Jewish...

Kadoorie – Mekor Haim

The largest synagogue on the Iberian Peninsula. Kadoorie - Mekor Haim Synagogue (Fountain of Life)...

Congregation B’nai Israel

Regardless of difficulties due to the Great Depression, the members of Grand Forks' small Jewish...

Adath Israel

Although located in a small town there was a thriving Jewish community of more than...

Temple Beth El

The first of officially recognized Jewish congregation in Florida. The first Jews who migrated to...

Tifereth Yehuda Veyisroel

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, representative of an early 20th Century Catskill...

Behind the Scenes

The official Synagogues360 Blog gives you insight into the back stories of Synagogues 360 as told by photographer Louis Davidson.

Cnesses Israel Synagogue
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The Jew who saved the Green Bay Packers

With all of the media-hype about the Super Bowl earlier this month...

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Harley the Synadog
29Feb, 2016

Travels with Harley

Our canine companion, Harley, travels with us everywhere we go in North...

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"Old Country" interior of the Philly Shul
28Apr, 2015

Cream Cheese and a Big Cracked Bell

There’s more to Philadelphia than cream cheese and a big cracked bell....

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