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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Jordan occupied the West Bank and massacred or expelled every Jew in the area, took their homes and destroyed their synagogues. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Airbnb’s Anti-Israel Hypocrisy," 25 Nov. 2018 That’s also true for Venice’s largest synagogue, the still-functioning Scuola Spagnola. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018 The buildings recognized as landmarks include the synagogue itself, the education center and the mikvah, a bath used for Jewish rituals. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Now a landmark, this Louisville synagogue can't be torn down – but leaders oppose the move," 23 Mar. 2018 Although 2018 was a year defined by mass shootings across the US, from the high school in Parkland to the Pittsburgh synagogue, only one state is voting on gun control. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Tomorrow’s big ballot initiatives, briefly explained," 6 Nov. 2018 The site resumed operations on Sunday, slightly more than a week after a Gab user allegedly shot and killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, prompting several companies to stop working with the site. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Gab is back online after being banned by GoDaddy, PayPal, and more," 5 Nov. 2018 Give money directly to the synagogue and survivors. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "How To Help Victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting," 29 Oct. 2018 Lake met Hymen on the steps of a synagogue in Miami Beach. Matthew J. Palm,, "Outspoken and stylish, Harriett Lake was devoted to the arts," 10 July 2018 Even using a cane or pushing a wheelchair or baby stroller to synagogue would be considered a violation of religious law without an eruv. Susannah Bryan,, "What is an eruv?," 22 June 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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