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  JewishEncyclopedia.com - ARK OF THE LAW.
The Ark is placed in or against the wall of the synagogue, toward which the worshipers turn in the solemn parts of the liturgy—the wall in the direction of Jerusalem.
Sometimes the Ark is fashioned as a recess or niche in the wall, and the design is then very properly considered in connection with the architectural treatment of the interior of the synagogue.
The Ark is always surmounted by a representation of the two tables of the Law, while a perpetual lamp hangs in front; silver and bronze lamps of rich workmanship are often placed at the sides.
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In England synagogues are often called shul, which is the Yiddish word for synagogue.
The basic elements of a synagogue are drawn from the Tabernacle used by the Jews when wandering though the desert.
The Ark is a cupboard in which the Torah scrolls are kept.
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 REonline - Synagogue - Tour from scheinerman.net
At the left is a schematic diagram of the bhima of a synagogue, drawn to include the many aspects of synagogue life.
The Ark is a reminder of the Ark the Israelites carried through the wilderness, which contained the two tablets of stone given to Moses by God.
One of the Hebrew terms for a synagogue is Beit Knesset which means "House of Meeting." While Jewish people meet at the synagogue to study Torah and to pray, it is also the venue for many other meetings.
www.refuel.org.uk /curric/ks2_topics/judaism/synagogue_scheinerman_net.php   (923 words)

 Judaism 101: Torah
The scrolls are kept in a cabinet in the synagogue called an "ark," as in Ark of the Covenant, not as in Noah's Ark. The words are different and unrelated in Hebrew.
I was taught that the "Ark" of the Covenant and the ark in synagogue are an acrostic of "aron kodesh" (holy cabinet), but others have told me that it is merely an archaic English word derived from the Latin arca (cabinet).
The Torah scrolls that we read from in synagogue are unpointed text, with no vowels or musical notes, so the ability to read a passage from a scroll is a valuable skill, and usually requires substantial advance preparation (reviewing the passage in a text with points).
www.jewfaq.org /torah.htm   (1587 words)

 Ark, Jewish synagogue, Essaouira, Morocco, 2006 photo - Phil Douglis photos at pbase.com
Persecution and emigration have long since obliterated it, but a tiny synagogue still exists in what is still known as Essaouira’s Mellah, or Jewish Quarter.
The most symbolic subject in that synagogue is a blue wooden cabinet, called an Ark, holding scrolls containing the Five Books of Moses.
A caretaker opened the outer doors of the Ark for us, allowing a glimpse of another door with a curved top, holding the holy scrolls within it.
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In the course of time, the single word synagogue came to mean not only the meeting but the meeting-house, the teaching thereof and, in the broadest sense, the body politic of the Jews.
Saint Paul preached in the synagogues of Damascus (Acts, ix, 20), Salamina in Cyprus (Acts, xiii, 5), Antioch in Pisidia (Acts, xiii, 14), Iconium (xiv, 1), Philippi (xvi, 13), Thessalonica (xvii, 1), Borœa (xvii, 10), Athens (xvii, 17), Corinth (xviii, 4, 7), and Ephesus (xviii, 19).
Jud., II, xiv, 4), of the great synagogue of Tiberias (Vita, 54), and of the synagogue of Antioch in Syria to which the sacred vessels were borne away in the time of the Seleucid War (Bell.
www.catholicity.com /encyclopedia/s/synagogue.html   (2591 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Daily Life: Synagogue Architecture and Interior Design
Synagogues share certain functional interior furnishings, but there is no architectural design or artistic style that characterizes a synagogue.
The curtain in front of the ark, known as the parokhet, became an essential adjunct of the ark in imitation of the tabernacle built in the desert.
In the synagogue the eternal light (made of gold, silver, or burnished brass, depending on the opulence of the donor) hung in front of the ark and burned constantly.
www.myjewishlearning.com /daily_life/Prayer/TO_Synagogue/Synagogue_Architecture.htm   (1571 words)

 Philologos | Sketches of Jewish Social Life | Chapter 16
And in all synagogues the body of the building, with the space around, set apart for women, represents the Court of the Women, while the innermost and highest place, with the Ark behind, containing the rolls of the law, represents the sanctuary itself.
Synagogues were consecrated by prayer, although, even thus, the ceremony was not deemed completed till after the ordinary prayers had been offered by some one, though it were a passing stranger.
The congregation sat facing the ark. On the other hand, "the rulers of the synagogue," Rabbis, distinguished Pharisees, and others, who sought honour of men, claimed "the chief seats," which were placed with their backs to the ark, and facing the worshippers.
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 Synagogues, Shuls & Temples
Instead, synagogues are financed through membership dues paid annually, through voluntary donations, and through the purchase of reserved seats for services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the holidays when the synagogue is most crowded).
Synagogues in the United States are generally designed so that the front of the sanctuary is on the side towards Jerusalem, which is the direction that we are supposed to face when reciting certain prayers.
The Ark is a cabinet or recession in the wall, which holds the Torah scrolls.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Judaism/shul.html   (1683 words)

 Ark - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Ark, in the biblical Book of Genesis (Chapters 6-9), the vessel in which Noah saves himself, his family, and breeding pairs of animals from the...
Ark of the Covenant, in Judaism, sacred repository.
Mentioned frequently in the Bible, the ark is described in Exodus 25 as a chest of acacia wood....
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 Synagogue   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The synagogue is a symbol of the incompleteness of the Jewish religions, which all Jews feel.
The lay-out of the interior of the synagogue is governed by strict rules: Situated in the direction of Jerusalem, there is an ark containing the Torah.
And a 7-branched candelabrum is a central ornament in the synagogue.
lexicorient.com /e.o/synagog.htm   (163 words)

 The Great Synagogue in Dohány Street, Budapest
The Great Synagogue in Dohány Street, also known as the Dohány Synagogue, or the Tabac-Schul, the Yiddish translation of dohány (tobacco), after the Hungarian name of the street, is located in Belváros, the inner city of Pest, in the eastern section of Budapest.
The synagogue was also used as a shelter, and towards the end of World War 2, the building suffered some severe damage from aerial raids during the battle for the liberation of Budapest.
Today the Great Synagogue in Dohány Street, for a long time one of the most renowned landmarks of Budapest, is serving as the main synagogue of the local Jewish community as well as a major tourist attraction.
www.bh.org.il /Communities/Synagogue/budapest.asp   (743 words)

 Havdalah Service   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The ark found in a modern synagogue is reminiscent of the ark where the Israelites kept the Torah.
The Ark of the Covenant was a wooden box overlaid with gold, which the Israelites carried with them throughout their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, and then brought to the Land of Israel where it was kept at the religious center in Shiloh.
Temple in Jerusalem, the ark was installed in the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctuary, of the Temple.
www.templesanjose.org /JudaismInfo/faq/holyark.htm   (226 words)

 Ostrog Torah ark   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Torah ark stood in the centre of the eastern wall of the synagogue, in front of the central window.
The entire Torah ark was surmounted by a flat sculptural composition of an eagle standing on a crown and flanked by two confronting griffins (fig.
The ark was destroyed during the World War II, or later during the reconstruction of the building in the 1960s.
www.hum.huji.ac.il /cja/Architecture/Ostrog/0/Ark.htm   (506 words)

 The Synagogues   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The design of the synagogue has always been complicated by the fact that there are two distinct objects of prominence as opposed to the Christian church which tends to be either altar or pulpit centered.
During the first half, synagogues generally possessed an appearance of dignity and restraint, and continued to be built in the classical tradition, but with a new emphasis on an archaeologically accurate revival of Greek and Roman architectural detail.
It is intended as the ark (aron hakkodesh), above which is the choristers' gallery, hidden behind the gilt cupolas which crown the ark. The platform or reading-desk at the west end of nave is also of variegated marbles, profusely gilded in the caps, andc.
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 LOCUS Architecture : Ner-Tamid Synagogue Side Chapel and Exterior
The chapel focus is the bimah, akin to an altar, where the Torah scrolls are held in a hovering wood ark, reminiscent of the Old Testament Ark that housed the Ten Commandment tablets.
The ark hangs from a steel armature supported by anthropomorhic wood buttresses, evoking the men who carried the Ark through the desert in biblical times.
The ark is suspended over a shallow depression in the raised limestone floor of the bimah, which contains sand from “The Holy Land” brought back by members of the congregation.
www.locusarchitecture.com /showcase/synagogue-nertamid.html   (339 words)

 MACHAR, The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
Also, all synagogues have an Ark (the cabinet that holds the Torah) and a bimah, which is the platform where the leader of the service stands and reads the Torah.
For example, menorahs are placed near the ark and the ark is covered with a curtain to recall an important veil called the Holy of Holies.
The decision to build the synagogue had been made at the time of the 50th anniversary of the accession of Emperor Franz Joseph (who was not even a Jew) to the throne; it was named the Jubilee Temple in his honor.
www.machar.org /synagogue.html   (1075 words)

 History of the Aron Kodesh
The Ark is placed in or against the wall of the synagogue, toward which the w or shipers turn in the solemn parts of the liturgy— most frequently the wall in the direction of Jerusalem.
It is certain that the Ark served from the beginning as a receptacle f or the sacred scrolls used in the service of the synagogue, although the older accounts do not expressly mention it.
In the synagogue at Amsterdam there is an extremely beautiful Ark treated architecturally with Ionic columns, c or nices, and pediments; the central p or tion is raised higher than the sides and contains the tables of the Law elaborately framed and surrounded by carving.
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 Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives
The Ark is a receptacle containing the Scrolls of the Law in the synagogue.
The Ner Tamid is suspended before the ark in front of the doors of the ark, although in some Sephardi congregations, inside the ark. A decorative curtain (parokhet), which usually hangs within the ark, is embroidered with religious symbols.
It is the light that is kept burning in the synagogue as a symbol of the radiance of faith.
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 The Church and the Synagogue
The Church and the Synagogue are the Christian's and Jew's place of worship, however they are more than just the buildings.
Jews have even a broader use of the Synagogue, to them it is a house of pray, a house of study and a house of assembly.
At the beginning, the synagogue was used as a means of assembling the people and to educate them in the Jewish traditions.
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 Ark (synagogue)
This name is a reference to the ''aron ha-qodesh'', the Hebrew name for the Ark of the Covenant which was stored in the Holy of Holies in the ancient Tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem.
In those cases where the ark does not show the direction to Jerusalem, traditional Judaism instructs the worshipper to face the true direction towards Jerusalem in prayers like the Amida.
In ancient synagogues, such as the fifth-century synagogue in Susia, the torah scroll was not placed inside the synagogue at all, but in a room adjecent to it, showing that the sacredness of the synagogue does not come from the ark but from it being a house of prayer.
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 NEWSLETTER  16   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It went from having an east-west axis, ark placed on the east wall and bimah in the centre, to a north-south axis, with both ark and bimah situated in the south, opposite the entrance in the north.
The synagogue is a square structure with a wooden extension used as a room for the Torah ark in the east.
The impressive synagogue of Torino, built in a neo-Moorish style, is part of a complex consisting of three synagogues: the large main synagogue, the small synagogue and the synagogue in the Old Age Home (Beit Zekeinim).
www.hum.huji.ac.il /CJA/NL16/NL-16-4.htm   (2469 words)

 History of Ealing Synagogue - Ealing Synagogue   (Site not responding. Last check: )
At the A.G.M. on 25th May 1930 various members of the Synagogue attended and gave their views, when it was agreed to leave the structure but to extend the premises to make them more comfortable.
At that time the Synagogue membership had reached 130 and there were 71 children on the roll and a weekday evening class was being run.
Goldberg as Reader and Secretary, allowing the synagogue services to be shared, easing Rev. Roses workload as he was also dealing with increasing membership and all the organisations attached to the Synagogue.
www.ealingsynagogue.com /templates/articlecco.html?AID=62994   (3570 words)

 Exodus 2006 - The Ark of the Covenant
The Ark of the Covenant was crucial to the success of the Exodus of Moses.
The Seraphim on the lid of the Ark are probably similar to these ones from Tutankhamun's tomb.
According to the Kebre Negast, the Ethiopian "bible", it was taken to Ethiopia by Menelik I, the son of Solomon's union with the legendary Queen Makeda of Ethiopia (better known as the Queen of Sheba) and has been in Ethiopia ever since.
exodus2006.com /theark.htm   (764 words)

Today, the synagogue is much more than a place of worship – it has become a community centre with many functions.
It is fixed in the wall of the synagogue that faces Jerusalem (usually the east wall).
It is the raised platform that is usually at the middle or front of the synagogue, enabling all the congregants to hear and see the rabbi or the leader of the service.
www.r4rj.org.uk /SYNAGOGUES.htm   (750 words)

 .:: Welcome To The Jewish Ledger ::.
Both of the Arks in the synagogue -- the one in the main sanctuary and the one in the smaller chapel -- are located on eastern walls, so that the congregation can pray facing Israel.
Several other synagogues around the state have Arks that are not located on the eastern wall of their sanctuaries.
Stephen Fraade, professor of the history of Judaism at Yale University, said that the idea that the Ark of a synagogue should be located on the eastern wall and that Jews should pray facing the temple in Jerusalem goes as far back as the Book of Daniel from the 5th century BCE.
www.jewishledger.com /articles/2005/06/09/news/news06.txt   (1122 words)

 Touro Synagogue :: Welcome to Touro Synagogue
For over two centuries, the small synagogue standing here has testified that men may seek eternal truths in their own particular ways without hindrance from the civil government that embraces them all.
Above the Ark is a representation of the Ten Commandments in Hebrew, painted by the Newport artist, Benjamin Howland.
As part of the national capital campaign to restore Touro Synagogue and establish a visitors’ center, the park leading to the Synagogue entrance will be redesigned.
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 Parish Church of St Giles Aintree - Childwall Synagogue
On 11 May, 2006 a group of 30 people from S Giles visited Childwall Synagogue as part of our 'Learning About Other Faiths Initiative'.
The Small Side Chapel where our tour began Similar to our Lady Chapel this place of worship is used during the week and for smaller congregations
Synagogue Plan with Ark, Eternal Flame, Bimah and Desk
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