If you're reading this, the Jewish high holy days have officially come to a close in New York. There are many interesting structures going up around the globe to house the tribe on spiritual days like today.
- Agudas Achim Synagogue - Lake|Flato, Austin, 2001
- Congregation B'nai Israel - Dent & Nordhaus, Albuquerque, remodeled 2001
- Beth Sholom Synagogue - Frank Lloyd Wright, Elkins Park, 1959
- Congregation Beth Sholom - Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects, San Francisco, 2008
- Park East Synagogue - Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Pepper Pike, 2007
- Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue - Ross Barney Architects, Evanston, 2008
- Neue Bochumer Synagogue - Peter Schmitz, Bochum, 2007
- Emanuel Congregation - Ross Barney + Jankowski Inc., Chicago, renovated 2001
- North Shore Synagogue - Alexander Gorlin Architects, Kings Point, 1998
- Ohel Jakob Synagogue - Rena Wandel-Hoefer and Wolfgang Lorch, Munich, 2006
- Synagogue at Yad Vashem - Moshe Safdie and Tamuz, Jerusalem, 2005
- Shaare Tefila Synagogue - Grupo M, Mexico City, 2009
Inspired by tents used to house the first synagogues, light filters through an oculus toward the centrally-located pulpit.
Suspended copper curves provide light for the parishioners and highlight the timber ceiling.
The iconic architect designed this hexagonal building to evoke the shape of two hands clasped in prayer.
Distinct halves of this structure provide space for both religious services and other functions of the congregation.
A modern box-shaped building is softened by undulating woodwork that reflects sound produced over the altar.
Achieves LEED Platinum status with several clever adaptations: the new building is erected on an old foundation, rubble is re-used in cage-framed ground walls, lights are solar-powered, storm water is retained, and exterior light fixtures are automatic.
The new building, emblazoned with partial glass stars of David, was established 70 years after the city's original synagogue burned during Reichskristallnacht.
Mobile translucent panels can create differently-sized spaces dependent upon the activities planned.
Fractured light sources evoke a creation story whereby the order of the universe was shattered, yet rays still permeate.
The stone half of the structure recalls the Wailing Wall, while the upper half commemorates the temporary temples set up by ancient Jews while wandering in the desert for 40 years.
This chapel at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem allows visitors to pray within its walls, but also functions to display several important artifacts.
Simple contrasts create a feeling that is contemporary, but ancient types of stone tie the design into history.