The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland - Kadish, Sharman - Yale University Press

Art and Architecture

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The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art 

The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland

An Architectural and Social History

  • Sharman Kadish
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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.

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 Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished images and photographs taken specially by English Heritage, this book traces the architecture of the synagogue in Britain and Ireland from its discreet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