Singing the Lord's song in a strange land: The Great Synagogue, Sydney

Phillips, Peter (2008) Singing the Lord's song in a strange land: The Great Synagogue, Sydney. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

The Jewish community in Sydney transported their Anglo-Jewish tradition to the other side of the world. In 1878 they built The Great Synagogue, a house of worship that reflected their origins and aspirations, the background of their architect, and prevailing attitudes to synagogue design in the 19th century. This paper describes how the design of the Great Synagogue derived from all of its sources, and how the building has changed in the last 130 years and continues to change in responses to the sometimes competing requirements of function, liturgy and community attitudes. It also demonstrates how the tangible qualities of the building and intangible qualities, such as the music of the service and the dress of the clergy and congregation, contribute to how the traditional and historic character of the Great Synagogue is perceived in its present community.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Phillips, PeterUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: historic monument; synagogue; intangible heritage; historical surveys
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 26. Historical surveys
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: The Great Synagogue, Sydney, Australia
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 07:16
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
References: Apple, Raymond. 2008. The Great Synagogue: a history of Sydney’s Big Shule. Sydney: University of NSW Press.

Jamilly, Edward. 1970. Synagogue Art and Architecture. A Century of Anglo-Jewish Life. London: United Synagogue.

Phillips, Louis. Papers of Louis Phillips. Mitchell Library, Sydney

Phillips, Orwell and Peter. 2007. Conservation Management Plan for the Great Synagogue, Sydney. Sydney: Unpublished report.

Pickering, Charles. 1872. Photographs of Public and Other Buildings and c. Sydney: NSW Government Printing Office.
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/111

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