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Bevis Marks Synagogue

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Bevis Marks Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location EC3A 5DQ
Phone number 020 7626 1274
Country United Kingdom
City London
Address 4 Heneage Ln, London

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website www.bevismarks.org.uk/
Geographical Coordinates 51.51433,-0.07916


Summary

Bevis Marks Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom. It is located off Bevis Marks, in the City of London. The synagogue was built in 1701 and is affiliated with London's historic Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community. It is the only synagogue in Europe which has held regular services continuously for over 300 years.


History and time period

For Sephardic Jews, the Bevis Marks Synagogue was a religious center of the Anglo-Jewish world for more than a century, and served as a clearing-house for congregational and individual Jewish problems all over the world.

As the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community grew and moved out of the City and East End of London to the West End and the suburbs, members demanded a new synagogue to be built in the West End. When leadership refused this, some members formed a breakaway synagogue in Burton Street, which later became the West London Synagogue.

Today the Spanish and Portuguese descendant community in London operates three synagogues; Bevis Marks, Lauderdale Road, (which is the community's administrative headquarters), and a smaller synagogue in Wembley. Bevis Marks Synagogue remains the flagship synagogue of the British Sephardic Jewish community. Regular services are held and the synagogue is frequently a venue for weddings and other celebrations.


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