- a Jewish house of worship, often having facilities for religious instruction.
- an assembly or congregation of Jews for the purpose of religious worship.
- the Jewish religion; Judaism.
Origin of synagogue
Examples from the Web for synagogue
Terrorists killed four rabbis, three of them American, in a synagogue this morning.Mass Murder in the Holy City
November 18, 2014
Freundel is also rabbi of the prominent Kesher Israel synagogue in Washington.
A phone message for Freundel at his synagogue was not returned, nor was an e-mail to his personal account.
“I am shocked when I hear journalists saying if the De La Roquette synagogue was attacked it is because of the Jews,” he said.Europe’s Jews Punished for Israel’s War
July 25, 2014
Following the establishment of the State of Israel, the synagogue was used as a school for displaced Palestinians.Exclusive Photos: Syria’s Oldest Synagogue, Destroyed by Assad
May 27, 2014
Their prayer in the synagogue had been heard, and the child they had asked for was to come.
Never once since the birth of Naomi had he crossed the threshold of the synagogue.
The Judges had reassembled in the synagogue in the early morning.
As the afternoon wore on, the doors of the synagogue were thrown open.
On the Sabbath he went to the synagogue, and was called up to read in the Law.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- a building for Jewish religious services and usually also for religious instruction
- (as modifier)synagogue services
- a congregation of Jews who assemble for worship or religious study
- the religion of Judaism as organized in such congregations
Word Origin and History for synagogue
late 12c., from Old French sinagoge (11c.), from Late Latin synagoga "congregation of Jews," from Greek synagoge "place of assembly, synagogue," literally "meeting, assembly," from synagein "to gather, assemble," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + agein "bring, lead" (see act). Used by Greek translators of the Old Testament as a loan-translation of late Hebrew keneseth "assembly" (cf. beth keneseth "synagogue," literally "house of assembly.")
In Judaism, a house of worship and learning; also, the congregation that meets there.