The Great Synagogue features in Sydney Open

November 4, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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The Great Synagogue was one of 54 buildings was one of 54 buildings accessible to the public through the Sydney Open program.

Volunteer tour guide Susan Bures shows visitors the silver Rabbi Falk Chanukiah.

Volunteer tour guide Susan Bures shows visitors the silver Rabbi Falk Chanukiah.

Sydney Open is a bi-annual event of Sydney Living Museums (formerly the Historic Houses Trust) in which dozens of buildings throughout the CBD are opened for visitors.The Great Synagogue was buzzing on Sunday as more than 1460 people visited during Sydney Open.

People streamed through the shule, sitting in groups as volunteer guides talked about the building and Jewish life generally.

This year 54 buildings were open including the AMP building, BMA building and Government House.

As always, The Great Synagogue, which has participated in the open day from its inception, was one of the most visited venues.

People said they were excited to have the opportunity of seeing the inside of the shule and learning about its architectural details as well as being able to talk to their guides about Jewish life, history and customs.

“Showing visitors around The Great Synagogue is a most rewarding experience”, said shule president, Michael Gold. “It gives us the opportunity to speak about Jews and Judaism as well as our magnificent building”.


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