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Sacred Buildings: New Main Synagogue in Munich, Germany

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The modernist New Main Synagogue, or Ohel Jakob, in Munich, Germany was built to replace the old one destroyed during Kristallnacht.
The modernist New Main Synagogue, or Ohel Jakob, in Munich, Germany

The modernist New Main Synagogue, or Ohel Jakob, in Munich, Germany

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Designed by architects Rena Wandel-Hoefer and Wolfgang Lorch, the New Main Synagogue, or Ohel Jakob, is a box-shaped travertine stone building with a glass cube on top. The glass is covered in what is called "a bronze mesh," making the architectural temple appear like a biblical tent. The name Ohel Jakob means Jacob's Tent in Hebrew. The building symbolizes the Israelites' journey through the desert, with the Old Testament verse "How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob!" inscribed at the synagogue's entrance.

The original synagogues in Munich were destroyed by Nazis during Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) in 1938. The New Main Synagogue was built between 2004 and 2006 and was inaugurated on the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht in 2006. An underground tunnel between the synagogue and a Jewish museum houses a memorial to Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Source: Jewish Centre Munich and Synagogue Ohel Jakob and Jewish museum and synagogue in Munich, Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH [accessed November 4, 2013]

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