Doors Open Halifax 2015

Doors Open Halifax

Three years ago, Halifax started this really great new event called Doors Open Halifax. According to their website, “The mandate of Doors Open Halifax is to make available to the general public, free access to buildings of historical, contemporary or architectural significance and to generate interest in our built environment.” 

This year, there were 30 venues all over Halifax that opened their doors to the public! Josh and I didn’t have time to see many of them, but there was one in particular that I was really excited about: Beth Israel Synagogue.

Josh’s work is right next to this synagogue, and I’ve always been curious about it. I love seeing and visiting different places of worship, especially non-Catholic ones. There is something so intriguing how others worship and honour God!Doors Open Halifax Beth Israel SynagogueDoors Open Halifax Beth Israel Synagogue
Upon entering, Josh had to wear a Kippah, the black covering on top of his head. We were greeted very warmly and enthusiastically by their volunteers, and they were excited that we had come to visit their community. They led us through a tour of their two beautiful stained glass windows, the sanctuary, and their smaller prayer chapel. It was clear that they take great pride in their synagogue. Doors Open Halifax Beth Israel SynagogueDoors Open Halifax Beth Israel Synagogue

The main sanctuary. It was so cool to see it, because it doesn’t look much different than any other church. This makes sense to me, since the Catholic tradition is built off of the Jewish faith. Doors Open Halifax Beth Israel Synagogue

A volunteer showing us their prayer and hymn books, written in Hebrew that they use in the smaller prayer chapel. Doors Open-6Doors Open-7

One of their stained glass windows that depicts the history of the Jewish people.Doors Open-8
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A clock with Hebrew letters!Doors Open-14The second stained glass windows that shows all of the important holidays and traditions in their church calendar.

What a great event. I am so excited for next year, to visit more of the venues offered. I am so thankful to Beth Israel for opening their doors to us to visit their wonderful community.



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