Contemporary Synagogue Architecture

Temple Beth Emet in Anaheim, California, and Temple Solel, in Paradise Valley, Arizona, give the viewer an appreciation of the beauty and art found in many contemporary synagogues. The images below are from color photographs sent by members of these congregations for this exhibit in November 1994.

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A view of Temple Beth Emet's Bima, from which religious services are conducted
A close-up of the Ark containing the synagogue's Torah Scrolls

The Ark is lighted from inside. Notice the Ner Tamid hanging above the Ark.

A wall in Temple Solel's sanctuary is adorned with artwork, reflecting religious themes
Viewers will recognize the shofar, which is sounded at Rosh Hashanah, and the Ten Commandments
Although more abstract than traditional stained glass renderings
Viewers can see the Parting of the Red Sea theme in Temple Solel's beautifully designed stained glass window
Temple Beth Emet commissioned this postcard of "The Holy Ark"

The Ark is surrounded by symbols for the 12 Tribes of Israel.

Temple Solel's Ark closed
Temple Solel's Ark open
Beth Jacob Congregation's Sanctuary

Beth Jacob Congregation, San Diego, commissioned a postcard featuring the synagogue's sanctuary.

Beth Jacob Congregation Stained Glass Windows

One of the four faceted glass windows depict highlights from the Garden of Eden, Exodus from Egypt, building the Holy Temple, its destruction, the return and rebuilding of Israel.

Beth Jacob Congregation Stained Glass Windows

One of the four faceted glass windows depict highlights from the Garden of Eden, Exodus from Egypt, building the Holy Temple, its destruction, the return and rebuilding of Israel.

Beth Jacob Congregation Stained Glass Windows

One of the four faceted glass windows depict highlights from the Garden of Eden, Exodus from Egypt, building the Holy Temple, its destruction, the return and rebuilding of Israel.

Temple Emanu-El Stained Glass Windows

One of Temple Emanu-el's beautiful stained glass windows.

Temple Emanu-El Stained Glass Windows

One of Temple Emanu-el's beautiful stained glass windows.