Esther on Synagogue Design


Synagogues Are Dropping Old ‘Hierarchical’ Designs

The Forward
by: Jordana Horn Gordon
September 4, 2018

“Many of these buildings are quite hierarchical — an elevated front podium, an imposing ark and very high ceilings, and people sit in rows,” Sperber said. “Many synagogues that I know are moving toward an understanding of prayer as a much more egalitarian, communal, shared experience. With some of these buildings, it is a struggle to mitigate between the architecture of the structure and the structure of community as it’s evolving. That’s where the design challenge is.”more