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Great Synagogue
Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

The Great Synagogue is a prominent landmark in Sydney, thanks to its rich historical heritage and grandiose structure. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, The Synagogue is of considerable significance in religious and cultural circles.

The Great Synagogue has stood at its present site since 1878 and takes pride in its congregation, which dates back to the 1820s. In earlier years, circa 1788, the state of New South Wales was established as a penal colony.

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Of its initial First Fleet Convicts, a dozen were Jewish. One of these, Joseph Levy, passed away and became the first Jew to be buried, not just in Sydney but across Australia.

In the years that followed, Joseph Marcus, another convict, gathered a handful of Jews for worship, marking the humble beginnings of The Great Synagogue. Over the years, this synagogue has remained a focal point for Jewish people in their worship. This was fuelled by the growth of a Jewish community that eventually saw the construction of many other synagogues.

Home to a thriving congregation, this Synagogue is welcoming to visitors regardless of their age, race, or sexual orientation. Public tours of the synagogue are available; they are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, as well as on every Thursday of the month from noon. Visitors must note that tours are not conducted on Jewish holidays and public holidays. For this reason, it is best to confirm dates at least a fortnight in advance.

There is no need to make reservations for public tours—you can show up and have fun! However, bookings are compulsory for group tours. These knowledgeable tours are facilitated by volunteers who are well versed in the Jewish way of life and the synagogue’s rich history.

The Great Synagogue is easily accessible from Elizabeth Street.

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Public tours are usually held:
- Every Thursday at 12pm
- Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12pm

Tours are not held on Public Holidays or Jewish festivals

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Public Tour
Adult: $10.
Senior Citizens: $7
Child: $5

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