A Synagogue is the place of worship for the Jewish religion. The building tends to consist of a large room for prayer and smaller rooms for study, some even having a specialised room for Torah study.
Although a Synagogue is a consecrated space for worship, such a venue is not needed for prayer. Indeed, communal Jewish worship can be conducted in any space on the provision that at least ten Jews, men only in the Orthodox faith, gather together as what is called a minyan. However, a minyan is only necessary for communal prayers.
The building of the Synagogue itself does not follow a set blueprint. All Synagogues vary greatly from one Synagogue to another. Although historically, a Synagogue was built to its prevailing style of its time and place, since the emancipation of Jews in European countries Jews in such countries were permitted to build Synagogues without ascertaining special permissions, allowing for the blossoming of Synagogue architecture. Notwithstanding their right, in areas that accommodated large Jewish communities, they would prefer to build Synagogues that permitted them to show off their wealth and their newly acquired status as citizens in their constructing some of the most magnificent built Synagogues that can be seen today across Europe and in the USA.
Interior elements of a Synagogue will include a table from which the Torah is read. This space is called the Bimah, which is also used as the desk for the prayer leader, often the Rabbi. There will also be a Torah Ark, a cabinet in which the Torah is safely stored. Across the world, these Arks tend to be located in such a position that when the Jews come to prey, when they face the Ark they are facing towards Jerusalem, which means towards East in the Western world and towards West in Israel. However, should such a position not be possible, in certain standing prayers, the Jews will turn to face towards Jerusalem. The reason why the Torah Ark is given such a prominent location in many Synagogues is because it resembles the Ark of the Covenant in which the tablets that were inscribed with the Ten Commandments were held.
Many Synagogues will include other traditional features such as the New Tamid, continually lit lamp or lantern to resemble the Eternal Light as a reminder of the Menorah, western lamp, of the Temple in Jerusalem that remained miraculously lit everlastingly. Likewise, many Synagogues will contain a large seven-branched candelabrum to commemorate the full Menorah.
Although other decorative artworks may appear in Synagogues, one will seldom see in a Rabbinic and Orthodox tradtion, a three-dimensional sculpture or depiction of the human body as in the Ten Commandments the Jews were instructed not to worship any other that the Almighty himself and in so doing would be deemed akin to idolatry.
Loughton Synagogue is an Orthadox Synagogue following the Federation status. Members of the Cloveclub belong to this Synagogue, as do specialist opticians who conduct a colour dyslexia test. Sticking to clichés, there are of course solicitors amongst this community, such as solicitors in London and Family Lawyers North London.
In keeping with the Jewish calendar and Gregorian calendar, Synagogues need to keep vigilant Diary Management, be it onsite or offsite. Moreover, due to the emancipation of Jews from World War II, many Jews are still left without knowing what happened to their family members. To help them seek people, a tracing company employs staff trained in the tracking down of missing persons or even property deemed wrongfully taken from them.