1. The House of Prayer
There are over 400 synagogues in the UK and they come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. They range from small - just a room in a house - to large imposing buildings. In all of them, you'll have a sense that people really participate in services and that the place is special. But they are not considered holy in the same way churches are.
The word "synagogue" comes from the Greek word for gathering together, and it can be a meeting place, a house of learning, and a house of prayer, so how people behave depends on what's happening there. You might see little children running around while people are being very solemn during the services. We like people to feel at home there as well as being respectful. Please do go and share the experience.
2. Follow the rules
The rules and traditions differ quite widely in different synagogues so it's best to try to follow your neighbour.
3. INTERACTIVE: Understanding the synagogue
There is no set blueprint for the synagogue. Each feature has a special religious significance.
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4. What are the most important Jewish festivals?
Many Jews visit the synagogue during religious festivals. The dates shift slightly depending on the year as the Jewish calendar follows the lunar cycle.