Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Visit to the Central Synagogue

On Wednesday 12th November, a group set out from Newman House, led by Sr Mary, to visit the Central Synagogue, an Orthodox Jewish place of worship on Great Portland Street. Our guide showed us around the main part of the synagogue: we were able to see where the Torah scrolls are kept, and were shown how the scrolls are read, and where men and women sit during services. We also discussed with our guide what happens during services on the Sabbath, and on other days; in addition, during the tour, he was ready to answer all our questions and to explain various parts of the synagogue and the life of its community, as well as differences and similarities between Judaism and Christianity. All in all, our visit to the synagogue was a valuable opportunity to find out more about the practices and beliefs of another faith, and to see its links to our own.

Thomas J Szydlowski

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