The Edmond J. Safra Synagogue

The Edmond J. Safra Synagogue


A new synagogue for a dynamic rabbi and his growing congregation, this 35,000-square-foot building is designed in a stately traditional style with Moderne overtones, evoking Brooklyn’s civic structures from the 1930s and 1940s.  The meticulously detailed building employs age-old techniques – carved limestone, cast statuary bronze, leaded glass, and a broad program of interior building arts.  A broad landscaped plaza leads to a monumental rusticated limestone entrance.  Throughout the building Classical design elements are counterbalanced with patterning derived from Sephardic communities of the Middle East, in homage to the rich culture of origin for this Syrian-American Jewish community.  The limestone-clad sanctuary takes a dynamic ovoid shape that offers the best interior sight lines with the spiritual import of community conveyed by the unique shape.  Interiors, by noted London firm GA Design, carry the exterior themes inside, where a dramatic oval double stair dominates the public space.

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