The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland

An Architectural and Social History

by Sharman Kadish
Photography by English Heritage

Published April 2011
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press
80 colour and 170 black & white photographs, 398pp.
ISBN: 978-0-300-17051-1 £45

The religious buildings of the Jewish community in Britain have never been explored in depth. Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished images and photographs taken specially by English Heritage, this book traces the architecture of the synagogue in Britain and Ireland from its discreet Georgian and Regency-era beginnings through the golden age of the grand "cathedral synagogues" of the High Victorian period to the twentieth century and beyond.

Sharman Kadish sheds light on obscure and sometimes under-appreciated architects who designed synagogues for all types of congregation and devotes a pioneering chapter to Jewish stained glass. She examines the relationship between architectural style and minority identity in British society and looks at design issues in the contemporary synagogue.

Shortlisted for the American Society of Historians of British Art Prize in 2013.

What the British Press have said:

The Times  April 2011

Jewish Chronicle 15 July 2011