The Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv celebrated its 90th birthday on Monday, with over 100 guests who took part in a special march along Rothschild Boulevard.
The march concluded with the introduction of four new Torah scrolls in the synagogue, donated by businessman Pini Peter, owner of the Spotoption company.
Also present were the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, the chairman of the religious council Eldad Mizrahi, MK Oren Hazan, Ministers Gila Gamliel and Ofir Akunis, and businessmen Tal Brody, Dan Lahat and Yitzhak Mordechai.
The synagogue building, Rabbi Lau told Arutz Sheva, was built 90 years ago by “simple Jews, who understood the necessity and the need for a temple, for a place of gathering, a synagogue that would give light, warmth and Jewishness to the whole new city of Tel Aviv.”
90 years ago, he added, “all the houses in Tel Aviv were one floor only, but the synagogue was the tallest building. There were no skyscrapers at that time, so you have to appreciate it – the understanding of our fathers and mothers, who gave their blood, not only money, to build such a temple.”