The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland

An Architectural and Social History

Sharman Kadish

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May 17, 2011
412 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
120 b/w + 80 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300170511
Cloth

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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 Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished images and photographs taken specially by English Heritage, this book traces the architecture of the synagogue in Britain and Ireland from its discreet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.

Sharman Kadish is the Director of Jewish Heritage UK and a research fellow and lecturer at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester. Her numerous publications include the companion guidebooks Jewish Heritage in England and Jewish Heritage in Gibraltar.

“Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished images and photographs taken especially by English Heritage, this magnificent new book traces the architecture of the synagogue in Britain and Ireland from its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

"Beautifully illustrated . . . detailed examinations . . . richly supplemented by appropriate and useful discussions of British Jewish history."—Morton I. Teicher, Jewish Journal

“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

“This book fills a major – and for that reason also a surprising - gap, and it fills it with all the thoroughness one could wish, delivering almost an official handbook-like volume which will no doubt remain the standard work on the subject for a long time.”—Stefan Muthesius, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Newsletter No.105

“….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

“It’s a lavishly illustrated celebration of the history of our houses of prayer, starting with the Spanish and Portuguese Bevis Marks Synagogue, opened in London in 1701 and still in use today . . . As more of our synagogue buildings disappear, it is unlikely that anyone will ever in future be able to produce a work of this scope.”—Paul Harris, Jewish Telegraph

Shortlisted for the 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Pre-1800 and Post-1800 categories, given by the Historians of British Art.
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