2022 Spring Fundraiser

SANCTUARIES AND CITIES: Synagogues of the World and the Stories They Tell

An 8-Part Series by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

CLICK HERE to register or sponsor.

Join Rabbi Soloveichik on a unique tour of historic synagogues around the world.  In Europe, in America, in the Middle East, stand synagogues of Jewish history, many centuries old. Each of them tells tales of leaders and heroes, its tragedies and its triumphs, so that to visit them, to stand in their sanctuaries, to hear the voices that echo, is to tour the the Diaspora itself, and to meet the Jews of London, Krakow, Rome, Prague, Newport, Cairo, Amsterdam and Venice.  We will learn how these communities and extraordinary edifices came into being, controversies and the legends that suffused them, and the sacrifices and faith that they embody. To rediscover these synagogues is to encounter Jewish history itself, and we will discover them together. (Note: these lectures won’t be recorded.)

Registration is free, but sponsorships are greatly appreciated as this special series serves as our Congregation’s annual Spring Fundraiser and provides essential support to our Congregation.

All sponsors will be recognized in a beautiful content-rich commemorative booklet that will be mailed out after the series.

Sponsorship Opportunities


All Series Underwriters will receive a distinctive, full-page color ad, and up to 5 commemorative booklets

  • Torah – $18,000
  • Hekhal – $10,000
  • Rimonim – $5,000
  • Ner Tamid – $3,600


  • Luhot – Full page B/W ad, up to 4 commemorative booklets – $1,800
  • Etz Hayyim – 1/2  page ad, up to 3 commemorative booklets – $1,000
  • Yad – 1/4 page ad, up to 2 commemorative booklets – $360
  • Kahal Kodesh – Listing only, 1 commemorative booklet – $250

To register or sponsor, click here.

Lecture Schedule

Opening Session #1: Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm (IN PERSON in the Main Sanctuary & Livestreamed)

Bevis Marks Synagogue (Qahal Kadosh Sha’ar ha-Shamayim), in London, England

“Moses Montefiore’s Chair and Disraeli’s Sukkah: Statesmanship and History in the Bevis Marks Synagogue”

Session #2: Thursday, April 28, 7:30 pm, Special Yom Hashoah Presentation (Virtual Only)

The Remuh Synagogue in Krakow, Poland 

“Synagogues, Cemeteries, and the Meaning of Memory: The Sanctuary of the Ram”

Session #3: Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 pm (Virtual Only)

The Great Synagogue of Rome, Italy

“In the Shadow of the Arch: The Tempio Maggiore of Roman Jewry”

Session #4: Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 pm (Virtual Only)

Altneuschul in Prague, Czech Republic

“Mysticism, Legends, and Lore: The Altneu Synagogue of the Maharal”

Session #5: Shabbat, May 14, Following Morning Services (IN PERSON ONLY)

The Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island, USA 

“The Shofar of Moses Seixas and the Torah of Ezra Stiles: Faith and Philosemitism at the Touro Synagogue”

Session #6: Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 pm (Virtual Only)

Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt

“Love Poems of Halevi: Treasures and Yearnings of the Ben Ezra Synagogue”

Session #7: Tuesday, May 24, 7:30 pm (Virtual Only)

The Portuguese Synagogue (Esnoga) in Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Artists, Statesman, Scholars: The Portuguese Esnoga”

Session #8: Tuesday, May 31, 7:30pm, Grand Finale (Video-streamed from ANU in Tel Aviv)

The Ghetto Synagogues in Venice, Italy 

“What Shakespeare Missed: The Sacred Sanctuaries of the Venice Ghetto”

Thank You to Our Sponsors

(updated April 27, 2022)

Series Underwriters


Norman Benzaquen

Naomi & Peter Neustadter

Solomon Family

Oliver Stanton




Stan & Madelene Towne




Karen & Jack Daar


Ner Tamid

Lewis Bateman

Gail Propp and Sharon Dane

Carol & Arthur Goldberg

Rachel N. Herlands & Jonathan Herlands

Juan Mesa-Freydell

Nathan Family

Reisman Family

Carol & Alan Schechter

Young Israel of Scarsdale

Session Sponsors


Caryl Englander

Gillian & Simon Salama-Caro

Martine & Jack Schenker

Alexandra & Chalom Silber


Etz Hayyim


Martin & Irene Kofman

Dr. Susan Lobel

Judy & Joel Schreiber

Esther & William Schulder



Anonymous (2)

Bonnie Barest & Family

The Bengio & the Misrahi families

Nava & Dan Bettinger

Burke Family

Faith Fogelman

Joyce & David Friedman

Judy & Robert Friedman

Judith Friedlaender

Rebecca & Larry Grafstein

Rebecca Michel

Debbie & Sam Moed

The Roberts family

Carla & Jonah Schein

David Schimel

Frieda & Isaac Schlesinger

Lu Steinberg and Michael Schulder

Suchu & Meyer Solny

Sara & Warren Sherman

Linda & Howard Sterling

Talled di Seta

Paula & Leslie Walter


Kahal Kodesh

The Alfandary-Nahon family

Anonymous (3)

Robert S. April, MD MA

Chaplain (Major) Bruce Bublick, USAF (R)

Daniel Chazin

Miriam and Yale Drazin

Debbie Ezrapour

Helen & Mannes Friedman

Nicola & Philip Garcia

Larry Gelb/Kathy Brooks and Families

Jane & Roger Gerber

Judy & Marty Grumet

Debra & Dr. James Herstoff

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

Lydia E. Mark

Chavee Neumann

Barbara & Guy Reiss

Nadia & Edward Sopher

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