The council of, probably, 120 members among the Jews, first appointed after the return from the Babylonish captivity; -- called also the Great Synagogue, and sometimes, though erroneously, the Sanhedrin.
Central institution of Jewish worship and study since antiquity. Contains the Ark with Torah scrolls facing the ancient Temple site in Jerusalem. The synagogue became the center of Jewish worship after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE.
The synagogue is the Jewish house of worship and in modern times often houses religious schools and social facilities. In Reform circles, synagogues are many times called "Temples." The Yiddish term for synagogue is shul.
often the heart of a Jewish community, this is a centre not just for worship, but also a place where people come to meet each other, sit quietly and pray, and where children come to learn the Torah and other important lessons. up
(SYN·a·GOGUE). A synagogue, in the sense of a meeting house, referred to the place of assembly where the local Jewish community would meet or convene meetings. Jews and Judeo-Christians met in synagogues as gathering places. The sense was a place of assembly not a place of worship. Over the centuries the synagogue became places of worship as a result of the rise of Pharisaic Judaism. More Information.
(Greek for "gathering"). The central insitution of Jewish communal worship and study since antiquity, and by extension, a term used for the place of gathering. The structure of such buildings has changed, though in all cases the ark containing the Torah scrolls faces the ancient Temple site in Jerusalem.