Synagogues, History & Architecture

 

Further publications on specific countries, regions or sites can be found in the separate Country sections of this web site.

 

Alofsin, Anthony. When Buildings Speak: Architecture As Language in the Habsburg Empire and Its Aftermath, 1867-1933. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2008

Assis, Yom-Tov and Neil Folberg. And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World

Altaras, Thea. Synagogen in Hessen – Was geschah seit 1945? Königstein im Taunus: Karl Robert Langewiesche Nachfolger Hans Köster Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1988

Bartov, Omer. Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine. Princeton, 2007

Baumhorn Lipót, Építész: 1860-1932. Exhibition Catalogue. Budapest: Architart Kiadó, 1999

Beizer, Michael. Our Legacy: The CIS Synagogues, Past and Present. Jerusalem: Gesharim, 2002.

Cohen-Mushlin, Aliza; Kravtsov, Sergey, Levin Vladimir; Mickūnaitė, Giedrė and Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė. Synagogues in Lithuania: A Catalogue. Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2010

Cohen-Mushlin, Aliza & Harmen H. Thies (eds). Jewish Architecture in Europe. Petersburg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2010

Wide-ranging papers from the first Congress on Jewish Architecture in Europe, held in Braunschweig, Germany and at the Carolo-Wilhelmina Technical University in 2007.

Cohen-Mushlin, Aliza & Harmen H. Thies (eds). Synagogenarchitektur in Deutschland: Dokumentation zur Ausstellung. Petersburg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2008

Ben-Dov, Meir. The Golden Age: Synagogues of Spain in History and Architecture. Urim, 2009

Bergman, Eleonora, and Jan Jagielski. Zachowane Synagogi i domy modltwy w Polsce: Katalog. Warsaw: Jewish Historical Institute, 1996

Borsky, Maros. Synagogue Architecture in Slovakia: A Memorial Landscape of a Lost Community. Bratislava, 2007

Encyclopedic book on all aspects of synagogue history and architecture in Slovakia. Fully illustrated with photographs and drawings.

Darmstadt University of Technology, et al, (eds). Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction. Basel: Birkhauser, 2004

Elaborate CAD-reconstructions, developed by Darmstadt Technical University, provide a representative survey of the architecture of synagogues in Germany before their destruction.

Dorfman, Rivka and Ben-Zion. Synagogues Without Jews. Jewish Publication society, 2001

This book uses synagogues to tell the histories of more than 30 Jewish communities – in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, northern Italy, Greece, and the Czech and Slovak Republics – that thrived before World War II. It includes floor plans, elevations, and full-color photographs.

Epstein-Mil, Ron. Die Synagogen der Schweiz. Zurich: Chronos, 2008

Fatta, Francesca, et al, eds. Architettura judaica in Italia: ebraismo, sito, memoria dei luoghi. Palermo: Flaccovio Editore, 1994

Fine, Steven, ed. Sacred Realm: The Emergence of the Synagogue in the Ancient World. New York/Oxford: Yeshiva University Museum/Oxford University Press, 1996

Gazda, Anikó. Zsinagógák és Zsidó Községek Magyarorszågon: Térképek, Rajzok, Adatok. Budapest: MTA Judaisztikai Kutatócsoport, 1991

Gazda, Anikó, et al. Magyarországi Zsinagógák. Budapest: Mu”szaki Könyvkiadó, 1989

Geissbühler, Simon. Like Shells on a Shore: Synagogues and Jewish Cemeteries of Northern Moldavia. Bern: Projekt 36, 2010

Gruber, Samuel D. Synagogues. New York: MetroBooks, 1999

Hubka, Thomas C. Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community (Waltham: Brandeis, 2003)

A provocative interpretation of the art and architecture of a pre-modern wooden synagogue to illuminate the social, historical, and religious context of an Eastern-European Jewish community.

Jarrassé, Dominique. L’Age D’Or Des Synagogues. Paris: Herscher, 1991

Jarrassé, Dominique. Une Histoire des Synagogues Françaises entre Occident et Orient. Arles: Hébraïca Actes Sud, 1997

Jarrasse, Dominique. Synagogues. New Line Books, 2005.

Kadish, Sharman. Building Jerusalem: Jewish Architecture in Britain. London: Valentine Mitchell, 1996

Kadish, Sharman. The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland: An Architectural and Social History. The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2007

Kadish, the director of Jewish Heritage UK, 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. She examines the relationship between architectural style and minority identity in British society.

Kagan, Berl ed. Luboml: The Memorial Book of a Vanished Shtetl. New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1997.

Klein, Rudolf. Synagogues in Hungary, 1782-1918. Budapest: Terc, 2011

A massive and encyclopedic work on the history, forms and styles of synagogues in central Europe. Lavishly illustrated. Download and read excerpts of the book HERE.

Klein, Rudolf. The Great Synagogue of Budapest. (Budapest: Terc, 2008)

Kormos, Peter; Villanyi, Andras and Tamas Raj. Budapest Zsinagogai/The Synagogues of Budapest. Budapest: Villanyi Kiado, 2005.

Kravtsov, Sergey R. Di Gildene Royze: The Turei Zahav Synagogue in L’viv. Petersburg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2011

Krinsky, Carol Herselle. Synagogues of Europe : Architecture, History, Meaning. Dover publications, 1996

Meek, Harold and Matthew Weinreb. The Synagogue. London: Phaidon, 2003

Meng, Michael. Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011

Messinas, Elias V. The Synagogues of Salonika and Veroia. Athens: Gavrielides Editions, 1997

Paulus, Simon. Die Architektur der Synagoge im Mittelalter: Überlieferung und Bestand. Petersburg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2007

Piechotka, Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka. Heaven’s Gates: Wooden Synagogues in the Territories of the Former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Krupski I S-ka, 2004.

New version of a groundbreaking study originally published in the 1950s.

Podonyi, Hedvig and Toth, Jozsef (photographer). Zsinagogak Magyarorszagon/Synagogues of Hungary. Budapest: Viva (after 2004)

Sachs, Angeli and Edward Van Voolen, eds. Jewish Identity in Contemporary Architecture/Judische Identitat in Der Zeitgenossischen Architektur. Munich: Prestel, 2004

Seidel, Peter. Ganz Rein! Jüdische Ritualbäder. Vienna: Holzhausen, 2010. Exhibition catalogue, Seidel’s photographs of mikvaot in Europe.

Simon, Hermann. The New Synagogue, Berlin: Past-Present-Future. Berlin: Edition Hentrich, 1992

Sosberger, Pavle. Sinagoge u Vojvodini: pomenica minulog vremena. Novi Sad: Prometej, 1998

Stavroulakis, Nikos. Jewish Sites and Synagogues of Greece. Talos Press, 1997

Streja, Aristide and Lucian Schwarz. Synagogues of Romania. Bucharest: Hasefer Publishing House.

Tanaka, Satoko. Wilhelm Stiassny (1842–1910) Synagogenbau, Orientalismus und jüdische Identität (PhD dissertation, University of Vienna, 2009). Viewable online at http://othes.univie.ac.at/6524/1/2009-08-02_0203702.pdf

United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. Jewish Cemeteries, Synagogues and Mass Grave Sites in Ukraine. Washington, DC, 2005.

Wigoder, Geoffrey. The Story of the Synagogue: A Diaspora Museum Book. New York: Harper & Row, 1986

Wisniewski, Tomasz. Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings in Eastern Europe: a Guide for Yesterday and Today. Ipswitch, Mass.: Ipswitch Press, 1998

Wischnitzer, Rachel. The Architecture of The European Synagogue. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1964

Zimiles, Murray. Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel, Jewish Carving Traditions. (Brandeis University Press, 2007)