OLD-NEW SYNAGOGUE FEATURES

1. Rabbi Loew’s Chair

Topped with a Star of David, the tall chair found by the eastern wall has been reserved for the chief rabbis of Prague throughout the history of the synagogue.

2. Jewish Standard

Prague’s Jewish community was permitted a banner in the 15th century as a symbol of its autonomy. The copy hanging above the bimah replicates a 1716 original, featuring a Jewish hat within a six-pointed star and bearing the legend “Shema Yisroel.”

3. Nave

Twelve narrow windows, evoking the 12 tribes of Israel, line the perimeter walls, which are unadorned save for the abbreviation of biblical verses. Two central pillars are modeled on the façade columns of the Temple of Jerusalem.

The nave of the synagogue

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