The Great Synagogue Sydney
The Great Synagogue Sydney is the mother congregation of Australian Jewry. It was opened in 1878, with its constitution incorporated by an Act of Parliament (The Great Synagogue Act 1933-1979). The synagogue is a heritage-listed building with state and national sidnificance as the earliest surviving synagogue in NSW still in use. The Great Synagogue Sydney is a major landmark and one of the most elaborately decorated Victorian buildings in Sydney, internally and externally.
The Great Synagogue Sydney houses two significant collections: The A M Rosenblum Jewish Museum and the Rabbi L A Falk Memorial Library.
The A M Rosenblum Jewish Museum was established in 1982 within The Great Synagogue Sydney. The collection includes both ritual objects and also those of historical significance, i.e. concentration camp uniforms.
The Rabbi L A Falk Memorial Library opened in 1957 within The Great Synagogue. The library holds more than 7500 books and serials primarily on Judaism and other related Jewish topics. The collection contains books in Hebrew, English, French, German, Latin, and other European languages some dating back to the 16th century.