A synagogue with a view

Friday, April 06, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Architects in a southern Jerusalem neighborhood are building a temple that will become the only Jewish house of worship with a view facing the Temple Mount.

The synagogue will be built 2 kilometers from the Temple Mount and will give prayers the illusion of being at, or at least really close to, the former temple’s site. The temple will serve the new neighborhood containing 475 apartments and a hotel with 150 rooms.

The 6-million shekel ($1.5 million) project called ‘Nof Zion’ (view of Zion) is run by the Digal Company and owned by Yehuda Levi and Meir Shamir.

The synagogue will consist of two 350-seat halls, one for Ashkenazi Jews and one for Sephardic Jews.

A model apartment from the neighborhood, which will include three 140 sq. meter penthouses, is to be inaugurated during Passover in a ceremony attended by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.

Levi himself will donate a part of the required amount and the Bnei Zion Association hopes to raise the remaining funds from donors in Israel and abroad. The construction pace and opening date will be determined by the rate the donations are collected.

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