Great Synagogue (Petah Tikva)

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Petah Tikva Great Synagogue
Petah Tikva Great Synagogue.jpg
AffiliationOrthodox Judaism
LocationIsrael Petah Tikva, Israel
Architect(s)Daniel HaCohen Lifshitz

The Great Synagogue of Petah Tikva, (Hebrew: בית הכנסת הגדול בפתח תקוה‎), is the city's central synagogue and located on Hovevei Zion Street, in the centre of Petah Tikva, Israel. The building was designed by Daniel HaCohen Lifshitz, one of the pioneering residents of the city and is named after James Mayer de Rothschild, the father of the Baron Edmond James de Rothschild.

Construction of the Great Synagogue of Petah Tikva began in 1885 with a contribution from the Hovevei Zion movement.[1] Edmond James de Rothschild donated the money needed to complete the building, which includes a main sanctuary with overlooking women's section, as well as two smaller adjoining prayer rooms, and another room used for studying and praying.

The official nusach of the prayer is Nusach Ashkenaz, but throughout the day, the synagogue facilities act as a shtiebel with multiple parallel prayer sessions where the nusach is decided by the hazzan.

In the late 2000s, the synagogue was the target of vandals who spray-painted swastikas and other Nazi-themed words on the building and inside on multiple events.[2]

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  1. ^ Rothschild and Early Jewish Colonization in Palestine, Ran Aharonson
  2. ^ Stoil, Rebecca Anna (May 4, 2006). "Petah Tikva Synagogue Desecrated". The Jerusalem Post, cited in Retrieved October 21, 2008.

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Coordinates: 32°5′20.52″N 34°53′4.6″E / 32.0890333°N 34.884611°E / 32.0890333; 34.884611