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We honour our heritage as we restore the building to its more pristine beauty and sacredness, serving the existing needs of our community.

When Emanuel Synagogue was founded as the Temple Emanuel in 1938, its beautiful – now heritage building – provided a sacred space primarily for worship services.

Over the decades, we have expanded our engagement to include as many people as possible in the celebration of Judaism... a range of spiritual practices, a variety of educational programs, and an array of social and cultural events; all embedded within our creative and inclusive practice of Judaism.

At the same time, changes to the heritage building – such as the low overhanging balcony and the visible air conditioning ducts – have detracted from its original seamless beauty while creating a space not suitable for the dynamic and engaging community we are. The heritage building no longer does – but soon can – provide the multi-purpose space to reflect our multi-vocal and multi-focal Synagogue.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we gather, the Gadigal Clan of the Eora Nation, and accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement of the Heart to walk with the First Nations of this land in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.


This current proposal seeks to further adapt and enhance the Heritage Sanctuary to facilitate the current and future needs of the Synagogue, including continued growth, and to provide improved amenity and functionality while elevating the spiritual quality of the sanctuary.