Western Marble Arch

Synagogue
SITE OVERVIEW

Centrally located on Great Pulteney Street in Westminster, the historical Western Marble Arch (WMA) Synagogue has offered London Jews a house of worship since 1761. The WMA Synagogue sits outside of the city of London, just a short distance from Oxford Street and Hyde Park, in Westminster. Due to its location, tourists often overlook this historical hidden gem. The synagogue represents one of the leading Orthodox Jewish temples hosting religious services, community service efforts, holiday events, bar and bat mitzvahs, and weddings.

Originally named The Western Synagogue, the temple stands out as one of the first Ashkenazi synagogues in all of England. The pioneering congregation also became the first to lead sermons in English. Prior to the Second World War, London Jews could pray at the city’s Great Synagogue. However, German air strikes destroyed the building during WWII. In 1957, the Jewish community built the March Arch Synagogue as its replacement. The two great synagogues of central London, the Western Synagogue and the Marble Arch Synagogue, decided to merge in 1991 to unify the community. Today, congregates affectionately refer to the Western Marble Arch Synagogue as “Marble Arch”

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