synagogue

noun
syn·​a·​gogue | \ ˈsi-nə-ˌgäg How to pronounce synagogue (audio) \
variants: or less commonly synagog

Definition of synagogue

1 : a Jewish congregation
2 : the house of worship and communal center of a Jewish congregation

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Other Words from synagogue

synagogal \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˈgä-​gəl How to pronounce synagogal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of synagogue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Churches, mosques, synagogues and temples can have no more than 25% of building capacity or 100 people. USA TODAY, "Milk giveaway, ‘Pass the pork,’ famous rodeo foiled: News from around our 50 states," 28 May 2020 Under the new guidelines, churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship will be allowed to welcome only 25% of their total capacity -- or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower -- to services, including funerals. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "California suggests no singing and shorter services in guidelines for reopening places of worship," 26 May 2020 The Milwaukee Jewish Federation has convened a task force to plan the reopening of synagogues and other Jewish community institutions, and rabbis continue to observe the 10-person limit for funerals and other religious services. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know about in-person religious services in Milwaukee as suburban orders expire," 22 May 2020 On March 22, police were sent into Me’a She’arim, a Haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem, to end public gatherings, close synagogues and shutter schools. Joyce Dalsheim, The Conversation, "Jewish history explains why some ultra-Orthodox communities defy coronavirus restrictions," 27 Apr. 2020 The Temple, Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom, has become a virtual synagogue and Ariel-Joel, a virtual rabbi. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "A change to tradition: Louisville synagogues prepare to celebrate a sacred holiday virtually," 3 Apr. 2020 Therefore, remote learning in Jewish day schools and synagogues is up and running. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Religious communities in Houston area continue services online during coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 In metro Detroit, many churches, mosques, synagogues and temples have canceled weekend in-person services, with some of them using livestreaming instead. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Gov. grants exemptions to churches on order banning 50+ gatherings," 21 Mar. 2020 The charges came as police stepped up patrols in Jewish neighborhoods and stationed officers in front of synagogues and yeshivas across New York and New Jersey. BostonGlobe.com, "Suspect in stabbings did searches for ‘Hitler,’ charges say - The Boston Globe," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of synagogue

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synagogue

Middle English synagoge, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin synagoga, from Greek synagōgē assembly, synagogue, from synagein to bring together, from syn- + agein to lead — more at agent

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The first known use of synagogue was in the 13th century

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“Synagogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synagogue. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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synagogue

noun
How to pronounce synagogue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of synagogue

: a building that is used for Jewish religious services

synagogue

noun
syn·​a·​gogue
variants: also synagog \ ˈsi-​nə-​ˌgäg \

Kids Definition of synagogue

: a Jewish house of worship

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