The Hurva Synagogue
Events at the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter
The Hurva Synagogue
Return to your roots, passing the tradition down to generations to come
In the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, in the center of the Jewish Quarter and within walking distance of the Western Wall, sits one of the most unique and remarkable synagogues in the country: The Hurva Synagogue. The reason for the name ‘Hurva’, which means ‘ruin’ in Hebrew, lies in the history of the synagogue. It was built in the early 18th century, but was soon after destroyed by rioters. In the mid-19th century, the synagogue was rebuilt by local Jews, and it served as the center of the city’s Jewish community until the height of the British mandate period. In 1948, the synagogue was once again destroyed by the Arab Legion who occupied the Old City.
Around twenty years ago, The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem made the decision to restore the synagogue. The company completed an accurate reconstruction of the opulent building, and in 2010, after laying empty and in ruin for sixty-two years, the synagogue was opened for the third time!
Nowadays, the synagogue is considered the gem of the Quarter. It serves as a house of prayer for those in the Old City, but equally importantly, as a testimony to the long-standing Jewish history in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital. Thanks to its magnificent beauty, unique character and rich history, the synagogue has become a focal point for pilgrimage. The wonderful atmosphere of the building has also turned it into a sought-after venue for special events.
It’s tough to describe the experience of entering the synagogue. Passing through the doors fills your heart with a wonderful, festive feeling. The majestic air of the venue, along with the foundation stones under your feet, give you an instant connection to the roots of the Jewish people.
Suitable for: Bar Mitzvahs (Aliyah to the Torah), Brit Milahs.
Maximum number of guests: Up to 200 persons.
Use of the venue: You may perform the Aliyah to the Torah inside the synagogue, accompanied by your personal guests only.
Food: A breakfast/spread can be served at one of the synagogue’s adjacent venues – the Hurva terrace or the Cardo.
The Davidson Center, the Hurva Synagogue, the Hurva Terrace and the Cardo.