We arrived on Sunday morning (about 11 am) in time to listen to the history of the synagogue as well as inputs of historical information that surrounds the place.
This is a Sephardic synagogue that is modeled on the Israelite Synagogue in Amsterdam, which is where the original congregants came from when they were the first Jews allowed into England after Edward II expelled the Jews. There is no photography allowed inside. I got there about 10 minutes before a talk about the synagogue, which was interesting. The synagogue... More
Bevis Marks is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe and the oldest in the UK, started building in 1699. Similar to the Wren Churches in the City, very simple design. It is rather difficult to find, tucked away down an alley with very little signage. Visits cost £4. Open on the weekday mornings from 10-30 am
My wife and I have enjoyed three Shabbat morning services at the historic synagogue. Years ago I received several long playing recordings of the minister and male choir performing excerpts from the yearly liturgy. We were particularly taken with the efficient manner in which they dispatched all fourteen verses of the Rosh Hashanah morning hymn, Eit Sha'arei Ratson, describing the... More
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