Happy New Year 5770 (If That's Your Sort of Thing)

Happy New Year 5770 (If That's Your Sort of Thing)

Annie Werbler
Sep 28, 2009

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.

  1. Agudas Achim Synagogue - Lake|Flato, Austin, 2001
  2. Inspired by tents used to house the first synagogues, light filters through an oculus toward the centrally-located pulpit.

  3. Congregation B'nai Israel - Dent & Nordhaus, Albuquerque, remodeled 2001
  4. Suspended copper curves provide light for the parishioners and highlight the timber ceiling.

  5. Beth Sholom Synagogue - Frank Lloyd Wright, Elkins Park, 1959
  6. The iconic architect designed this hexagonal building to evoke the shape of two hands clasped in prayer.

  7. Congregation Beth Sholom - Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects, San Francisco, 2008
  8. Distinct halves of this structure provide space for both religious services and other functions of the congregation.

  9. Park East Synagogue - Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Pepper Pike, 2007
  10. A modern box-shaped building is softened by undulating woodwork that reflects sound produced over the altar.

  11. Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue - Ross Barney Architects, Evanston, 2008
  12. 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.

  13. Neue Bochumer Synagogue - Peter Schmitz, Bochum, 2007
  14. The new building, emblazoned with partial glass stars of David, was established 70 years after the city's original synagogue burned during Reichskristallnacht.

  15. Emanuel Congregation - Ross Barney + Jankowski Inc., Chicago, renovated 2001
  16. Mobile translucent panels can create differently-sized spaces dependent upon the activities planned.

  17. North Shore Synagogue - Alexander Gorlin Architects, Kings Point, 1998
  18. Fractured light sources evoke a creation story whereby the order of the universe was shattered, yet rays still permeate.

  19. Ohel Jakob Synagogue - Rena Wandel-Hoefer and Wolfgang Lorch, Munich, 2006
  20. 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.

  21. Synagogue at Yad Vashem - Moshe Safdie and Tamuz, Jerusalem, 2005
  22. This chapel at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem allows visitors to pray within its walls, but also functions to display several important artifacts.

  23. Shaare Tefila Synagogue - Grupo M, Mexico City, 2009
  24. Simple contrasts create a feeling that is contemporary, but ancient types of stone tie the design into history.

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