Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation

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Coordinates: 50°43′16″N 1°52′16″W / 50.721°N 1.871°W / 50.721; -1.871

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation
Bournemouth Synagogue.jpg
Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation
Basic information
Location bournemouth, Dorset, England
Affiliation Judaism
Rite Orthodox Judaism
Country United Kingdom
Website http://www.bhcshul.co.uk/
Architectural description
Architectural type Synagogue
Architectural style Art Nouveau, Moorish Revival
Completed 1911

The Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation is a synagogue in Lansdowne, Bournemouth, England.

History[edit]

The congregation formed in 1905.[1] It built its present building in 1911. Albert Samuel, brother of Herbert Samuel laid the cornerstone.[2]

Architecture[edit]

The curvaceous roof line and window shape reveal what would have been a very contemporary Art Nouveau take on the Moorish Revival style that was extremely popular for synagogues.[3] The squat tower with its square dome and "attractive interlocking window arcade" mark the original entrance. The Horseshoe arched windows to the left are also part of the original facade. The new entrance, to the right of the tower, and barrel-vaulted interior with a ladies' gallery is the result of a 1957-62 expansion.[3] The Torah Ark, also dating from the 1960s, is a mosaic design by craftsmen form Florence intended to echo the Temple of Solomon by featuring the Biblical columns Boaz and Jachin.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharman Kadish , Jewish Heritage in England : An Architectural Guide, English Heritage, 2006, pp. 80-81
  2. ^ A Brief History of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation
  3. ^ a b c Sharman Kadish , Jewish Heritage in England : An Architectural Guide, English Heritage, 2006, pp. 80-81

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