What is a synagogue? Here’s a quick definition. It’s a derivation from the Greek word :oσυναγωγή Transliterated synagogē, meaning “assembly”; בית כנסת or beyt knesset, meaning “house of assembly”; בית תפילה beyt t’fila, meaning “house of prayer”; שול shul; אסנוגה esnoga; קהל kal) is a Jewish house of prayer. When broken down, the word could also mean “learning together” (from the Greek συν syn, together, and αγωγή agogé, learning or training).
Synagogues have a large hall for prayer (the main sanctuary), and can also have smaller rooms for study and sometimes a social hall and offices. Some have a separate room for Studying the Torah called the Beth Midrash the—בית מדרש (“House of Study”).
Synagogues are consecrated spaces that can be used only for the purpose of prayer, however a synagogue is not necessary for worship. Communal Jewish worship can be carried out wherever ten Jewish Men (Minyan) assemble. Worship can also be carried out alone or with fewer than ten people assembled together. However there are certain prayers that are communal prayers and therefore can be recited only by a Minyan
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Chabad Santa Monica – Living Torah Center
1130 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, Ca 90401
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