Bevis Marks: The Oldest Synagogue in Great BritainBy
Yesterday our team were truly honoured to take part in a landmark event, as Rabbi Shalom Morris gave a guided tour around the historic Bevis Marks Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in Great Britain. To mark the day, traditional cocktails from the 1700s were served, top hats were donned and there was a real sense of occasion in the air. The synagogue was built in 1701 and is affiliated to London’s historic S&P Sephardi Community, with whom we are privileged to work on a regular basis. It is a Grade I Listed Building and the only synagogue in Europe which has held regular services continuously for more than 300 years.
Hearing such a distinguished Rabbi and historian give real insight into the nuances and historical context of this remarkable space was a true honour, and it was enjoyed by all. Indeed our team have photographed numerous events and weddings at Bevis Marks Synagogue, so to better understand the building was a real treat. Rabbi Morris showed guests the seating which was reserved for children from a local orphanage, and the seat of the late Sir Moses Montefiore, which is now reserved for Heads of State and Royalty. He explained that Sephardi synagogues always retain the same structural format, but take on architectural influence of their surroundings, so Bevis Marks looks very different to the Niche Israel Synagogue in Barbados, for example.
This was a remarkable evening. Here are a few of our favourite images…
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