Plymouth Synagogue, Plymouth

Plymouth Synagogue, Plymouth (must see)

The Plymouth Synagogue, built in 1762, it is a Listed Grade II* building and the oldest synagogue built by Ashkenazi Jews in the English speaking world. No architect's name is recorded, and it is assumed that the rectangular, pitched-roof structure was designed and erected by a local master builder.

The building is of whitewashed brick and stone with a roof of Cornish slate. The street front is the eastern end of the synagogue, so the door is placed on the western front, in what is effectively the back garden. The building is tucked on a side-street, Sharman Kadish, the leading expert on Jewish buildings in Britain, believes that an unobtrusive location was chosen to avoid provoking the destructive riots that non-Anglican houses of worship often provoked in the eighteenth century. Kadesh believes that the corniced entrance, the date and Psalms 95:6 ( “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”) written in Hebrew dates form the renovation of 1863-4.

As was usual in British synagogues, there is a prayer board with the Hebrew prayer for the welfare of the Royal family. The prayer board at Plymouth dates from 1762. It was usual for the name of each new king to be painted over the names of previous monarchs. At present the names being prayed for are listed as King George V and Queen Mary.
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Sight Name: Plymouth Synagogue
Sight Location: Plymouth, England (See walking tours in Plymouth)
Sight Type: Religious
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