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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Sunday 20th October 2019

Seating

ArkGlossary Term [1] and Bimah at the front of the hall, as in a church.

ArkGlossary Term [2]. In Ashkenazi synagogues, extra rows are often placed behind the Bimah and sometimes also in front. In Oriental communities, the men may sit on ledges around the walls, much as they did in the synagogues of the ancient world. In most synagogues, seats of honour are reserved for the rabbi, officials and patrons along the E wall, flanking the ArkGlossary Term [3], sometimes facing the congregation or in a special "wardens' box" usually at the front of the Bimah and often built integral with it.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009