The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland An Architectural and Social History Sharman Kadish

Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
15 Apr 2011
ISBN:
9780300170511
Imprint:
Paul Mellon Centre BA
Dimensions:
412 pages: 279 x 216mm
Illustrations:
120 b-w + 80 color illus.

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The religious buildings of the Jewish community in Britain have never been explored in print. Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished images and photographs taken specially by English Heritage, this book traces the architecture of the synagogue in Britain and Ireland from its discreet Georgian- and Regency-era beginnings to the golden age of the grand "cathedral synagogues" of the High Victorian period. Sharman Kadish sheds light on obscure and sometimes underappreciated architects who designed synagogues for all types of worshipers--from Orthodox and Reform congregations to Yiddish-speaking immigrants in the 1900s. She examines the relationship between architectural style and minority identity in British society and looks at design issues in the contemporary synagogue.

Dr Sharman Kadish is Director of Jewish Heritage UK. She was born in London and educated at the Universities of London, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has taught at the Universities of London and Manchester and is author of a number of books on Anglo-Jewish history and heritage, including Bolsheviks and British Jews (1992), A Good Jew and a Good Englishman: The Jewish Lads´ and Girls´ Brigade 1895-1995 (1995); Building Jerusalem: Jewish Architecture in Britain (ed. 1996); companion architectural guides Jewish Heritage in England (2006) and Jewish Heritage in Gibraltar (2007).

For more visit www.jewish-heritage-uk.org

"Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished images and photographs taken especially by English Heritage, this magnificent new book traces the architecture of the synagogue in Britain and Ireland from its discreet Georgian–and Regency-era beginnings to the golden age of the grand ‘cathedral synagogues’ of the High Victorian period…So if you are looking for a gift for the friend or relative who has everything, you could do no better than delight him or her with this unique guide to Jewish life in these islands." —Dr. Yaakov Wise, Jewish Tribune 

"In The Synagogues of Great Britain and Northern Ireland she has achieved a triumph. This volume is more comprehensive than the Guide, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and synagogues which have been pulled down or assigned to other uses."—Janet Levin, Jewish Renaissance

"Sumptuously illustrated… The book is a masterpiece."—Stephen Games, Jewish Chronicle 

"Sharman Kadish is one of the few historians in this country who has successfully brought Jewish history into the mainstream... I thoroughly recommend this book."—Michael Brod, The Victorian

"Very full, but always readable, compendium, superbly produced... The excellence of the photographs and drawings alone, a high proportion in colour, make it a highly desirable volume... beautifully reproduced... The book would serve as an excellent starting point... The book is written in a fluent and engaging style."—Petra Laidlaw, The Chapels Society

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