Synagogues in Netanya

| December 26, 2012 | 2 Comments
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Shabbat in Netanya

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Shabbat Kodesh

Shabbat in Netanya

Netanya starts to wind down on Friday afternoon in order to get ready for the Sabbath. Many shops close and public transportation (buses and trains) stop shortly before Shabbat begins and will only start again about an hour after sundown when Shabbat finishes. Until then, the only means of transportation available is taxis.

Although known primarily as a seaside resort, Netanya has become home to many Jewish religiously observant residents, providing facilities to accommodate them accordingly.

A look at the Netanya municipality website will give you a list of around 200 synagogues. Be adventurous and try a type of service you’ve never experienced before, or visit one of the two main English-speaking shuls (synagogues) in the area.

Synagogues in Netanya

English-speaking immigrants and visitors to Netanya might enjoy the two English-speaking shuls in the area.

Yuvalr  CC BY-SA 3.0Netanya Beach and Promenade on Shabbat

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Netanya Beach and Promenade

The MacDonald Shul

This synagogue is not named after the famous American restaurant, but simply for the road on which it is situated. Its real name, should you need to look for it, is Beit Knesset HaChadash, the New Synagogue. Its website is in English, as are the Shabbat morning drashot (Rabbi’s sermons).

Young Israel of Netanya

The other English-speaking Netanya synagogue is Young Israel of Netanya, situated on Shlomo HaMelech Street in the heart of the area where many Anglo-Saxons have made their retirement homes.

You’ll see many people taking a Shabbat stroll along the beautiful promenade, either after shul ends in the morning or later in the afternoon, especially in the first northern section, near Nitza Boulevard, where many of the retired religious people live.

Sanz-Klausenberg Rebbe

Sanz-Klausenberg Rebbe

To get a taste of the Chassidic religious world, take a stroll even further north to Kiryat Sanz, home to the Sanz-Klausenberg Chassidim, led by the son of the Klausenberger Rebbe. The original Klausenberger Rebbe settled here after surviving the Holocaust and the murder of his wife and all 11 children.  Known for building to replace the destruction that the World War had inflicted, his many acts of kindness and assistance to those in need are legendary.

Synagogues in Netanya: Did You Know?

If you want to experience a Shabbat morning Kiddush like back-home, visit one of the two shuls mentioned above.

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  1. Uri Hirsch says:

    How do I add the information about another Anglo shul in Netanya?

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