Beth Yaacov Synagogue (Madrid, Spain)

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2006 photograph of the synagogue

The Beth Yaakov Synagogue is a synagogue in Madrid, Spain.

Jews began to return to Spain in the nineteenth century, long after the execution and movement of Catholicism throughout the entirety of Spain and established a synagogue in Madrid in 1917.[1] After the Republican government was defeated by Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), Catholicism was proclaimed the official State religion and the synagogues were closed.[2] A number of Jewish families arrived after the 1956 antisemitic violence in Morocco, and soon established informal house synagogues.[2]

The present synagogue was built in 1968, after passage of the "Religious Freedom Law" of 1967.[2]


  1. ^ Synagogues of Europe; Architecture, History, Meaning, Carole Herselle Krinsky, MIT Press, 1985; revised edition, MIT Press, 1986; Dover reprint, 1996, p. 338
  2. ^ a b c Linda Jimenez Glassman Jewish Madrid: where to find a synagogue, a kosher restaurant.... Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., European Jewish Press, 3 August 2008

Coordinates: 40°26′07″N 3°42′00″W / 40.43528°N 3.70000°W / 40.43528; -3.70000