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Congregation Shaar Hashomayim

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Congregation Shaar Hashomayim

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Basic Information

Location 450 Kensington Avenue Westmount, Québec H3Y 3A2
Phone number 514.937.9474
Country Canada
City Quebec

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website http://www.shaarhashomayim.org/
Geographical Coordinates 45.48541,-73.59818


Summary

Congregation Shaar Hashomayim is an Orthodox synagogue in Westmount, Quebec. It is the oldest traditional Ashkenazi synagogue in Canada, incorporated in 1846. It is also the largest traditional synagogue in Canada.

The Congregation originally rented space on Saint James Street (now Saint Jacques Street). The first synagogue was built on Saint-Constant Street (now De Bullion Street) in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal in 1859. A new synagogue was built on McGill College Avenue between 1885 and 1886 at a cost of $40,000.

In 1920, the Congregation purchased land on Kensington Avenue in Westmount. The cornerstone was laid by president Lyon Cohen in 1921, and the synagogue was dedicated on September 17, 1922.


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