The Synagogue de la Victoire, the Grand Synagogue of Paris, is marking this year the 150th anniversary of the beginning of its construction with a new, richly illustrated book that recounts the synagogue’s history and architecture and 150 years of Jewish experience in France. (See anniversary video above.)
The largest synagogue in France and the official seat of country’s chief rabbi, La Victoire was designed by the chief architect of Paris, Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe, with the financial support of the Rothschild family. It was inaugurated in 1874. Seating 1,800 people, it is believed to be the second largest synagogue in Europe after the Dohany St. synagogue in Budapest.
The 492-page anniversary book — La Synagogue de la Victoire, 150 ans de judaïsme français, published by Porte-plume — has been available since this spring, but there will be an official launch on September 13, at an anniversary ceremony at the synagogue that will include an exhibition, concert, and discussions.