Brutalist Synagogue (Beersheba)

Brutalist synagogue

Poking around the internet for more Beersheba Brutalism, I found this and other pictures of this synagogue, which seems to go by two names. The Pyramid Synagogue refers obviously to its external form, whereas the Synagogue of the Babylonian Community refers to the Iraqi Jews for whom the building was built. There are other photographs at this website, which you can find here. The first thing that drew my attention was the ornament. It’s not something you associate with Brutalism, as an architectural style. But a synagogue being a synagogue, there was probably no way it was going to do without it. Stained glass complements the exposed concrete.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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