© Valery Dembitsky \ Synagogues & Yeshivas \ The Belz World Center, Jerusalem
In the 1980s, Rebbe Yissachar Dov spearheaded plans for a huge synagogue to be erected in the Kiryat Belz neighborhood of Jerusalem. Like the original synagogue of Belz which took 15 years to complete, the new Beis HaMedrash HaGadol ("The Great Synagogue") that now dominates the northern Jerusalem skyline also took 15 years to construct and was dedicated in 2000. Its main sanctuary seats 6000 worshipers (though crowds on the High Holy Days exceed 8000), making it the second largest Jewish house of worship in the world.
Photographer: © Valery Dembitsky Date: 11.08.2009 Photo number: 10848 Views: 114k
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