About the Synagogue for the Jews of ThessalonikiHow fun to discover, in a normal residential neighborhood, a jaw-dropping place as spectacular as this one. The synagogue you are facing is a work of architectural, modernist and fascinating art.
This is the Hechal Yehuda Synagogue, which many call the Recanati Synagogue and is identified with the Jewish community of Salonika in Tel Aviv. The synagogue is located just behind the Tower of the Century, at Menahem Ben Sarok Street 13,Tel Aviv, in the area where the Arab village of Sumail once stood.
The main initiator of the building is businessman Avraham Shmuel Recanati, chairman of the community council and former deputy mayor of Thessaloniki, but the real star of the building is architect Yitzhak Toledano, who designed this impressive building, a structure not typical of synagogues around the world.
Toledano designed the building in the form of an oyster. It symbolizes the seashells from the shores of Salonika, the city of origin of most members of the community who pray there. Oysters are the only objects in nature whose sides converge to one place, which made the shell suitable to represent all the sides of the synagogue, towards the Holy Ark. A beautiful idea and impressive outcome.
The stained-glass windows of the synagogue are decorated with Jewish themes such as Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
The facade of the building is also impressive. It is made of bare concrete and decorated with reliefs and ornaments that present a selection of Jewish symbols such as a menorah, a Star of David and more.