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02T - Jewish Synagogue Buildings Tour

27 May 2020 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM

3 Unstructured Learning Hours

This tour includes three traditional Jewish synagogue buildings: historic Kiever Synagogue as well as the Minsk Congregation Synagogue located in Kensington Market and the Forest Hill Jewish Centre. Two of the structures are of local historical importance and still in use today; the third is a relatively new building with a construction cost of close to $25 million. It is a state of the art building designed to satisfy ancient Jewish traditions and modelled after a synagogue that was purposely destroyed during the Second World War in Europe.

This is an ideal tour for those of any religious background that want to learn of the architectural challenges of designing and constructing a synagogue—a building type with design parameters that are thousands of years old but faces the challenges of modern urban conditions, codes, and by-laws. It will also give the participants a feel for urban Toronto as all three are in interesting and well-known Toronto neighbourhoods.

All tours will depart from the Hotel X lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.