syn·a·gogue | \ˈsi-nə-ˌgäg \
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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synagogal \ˌsi-nə-ˈgä-gəl \ adjective

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Joining Kurinsky on this bike ride were members of his synagogue, family and some friends from his community. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Rabbi's bike ride across Florida's east coast includes local stops," 29 June 2018 In 2014, Herb and Vivienne were honored together with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their leadership and commitment to their synagogue., "Herbert D. Jones," 8 June 2018 His plight captured the attention of a husband and wife who attend his synagogue. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Arizona Summit aimed to redefine law school through diversity. What went wrong?," 16 May 2018 A few weeks ago, at a public speech in a synagogue near New York City, an elderly man asked me a question in front of hundreds of people. James Stavridis, Time, "Ret. Admiral: President Trump’s Actions Are Making Many Military Leaders Uncomfortable," 16 Apr. 2018 Congregation Bat-Tzion Overseer Daniel Perek let out a sigh of relief Monday night after the Oak Ridge North City Council approved his request to expand his synagogue. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Oak Ridge North approves expansion for synagogue," 11 Apr. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Print subscribers get a password for your existing account here When Jairus, a synagogue official, pleads with Jesus on behalf of his dying child, Jesus immediately accompanies him to his home. San Antonio Express-News, "Archbishop’s homily remembers refugees, César Chávez," 1 July 2018 Young people gather on pews, drinking cans of Budweiser, in front of walls that include a mixture of punk rock slogans written in pen and what appears to be a memorial wall with synagogue members listed. Peter Hartlaub,, "Lost SF punk rock photos surface: Temple Beautiful, Mabuhay and Deaf Club," 15 June 2018 On Monday night, the Senate Minority Leader was supposed to address constituents at a town hall meeting at Congregation Beth Elohim, a Brooklyn reform synagogue. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Angry Brooklyn Democrats berate cardboard cutout of Chuck Schumer.," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of synagogue

: a building that is used for Jewish religious services


variants: also synagog \ˈsi-nə-ˌgäg \

Kids Definition of synagogue

: a Jewish house of worship

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