New West End Synagogue is among the most beautiful, historic buildings of Jewish interest in England and is a Grade 1 Listed Building. The Foundation Stone was laid in June 1877 by Mr. Leopold de Rothschild in the presence of the Chief Rabbi, Dr. Nathan Marcus Adler.
Upon opening March 30th, 1879, the Jewish Chronicle described the architecture as follows:
"...eclectic, although based chiefly on the Saracenic. The sharply cut and channeled foliage ornaments, and both the round and pointed horseshoe arches point to this origin; while the fusion of the Gothic element is mainly apparent in the proportions and disposition of the main portions of the buildings, and the rose windows and circular, foiled, clerestory lights."
The texts that adorn the walls concentrate on the ideas of Divine knowledge and worship, as well as practice, duty and love. Most of the quotations are from the Psalms, and were selected by Rev. Simeon Singer, Minister of the Synagogue at its consecration.
The magnificent rose window above the Ark, executed by Erwin Bossanyi in 1937 in memory of Emma, Lady Rothschild, illustrates numerous aspects of Jewish ritual and tradition, while the centre side windows are all different, the framework remaining constant.
We would be delighted to take you on a guided tour of the Synagogue in order for you to see for yourself how beautiful this historic building truly is. Why not call the Office on 020 7229 2631 or arrange for a tour via our contact form here.