(Ashkenaz; modern orthodox)
Gerard Doustraat 238, Amsterdam, (next to albert cuyp market)
Rabbi Shmuel Katz Hakohen, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Service each Shabbat and Yomtov at 9:30 AM. The only remaining Nussach
Ashmekaz shul in the historical center of Amsterdam
Updated: Dec. 28, 2006, By: Avraham IsraŽls,
June 9, 2015
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ABOUT THE SYNAGOGUE
the end of the 19th century, the first Jews settled in De Pijp, one of
Amsterdam's newer neighbourhoods at that time. In 1886 these Jews formed
the society "Hulpe IsraŽls" (Israel's Help); in 1892 the
society built its own synagogue at Gerard Dou street 238.
World War II the synagogue at Gerard Dou street flourished. It was known
as a place where intellectuals and rabbis prayed together with laborers.
Daily services were well-attended, and the synagogue maintained an
active program of study for its members.
Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) 1943, the synagogue held its last
service of the war years. Nestled between two row-houses on the narrow
Gerard Dou street, the synagogue remained unnoticed by the Germans. Due
to the watchful eyes of its neighbours, the building survived the war.
The first service in Holland after World War II was held at the Gerard
Dou street synagogue on the second Shabbat morning after May 5, 1945. At
that time it was the only Ashkenazi synagogue in Amsterdam which could
the Gerard Dou street synagogue, the oldest functioning Ashkenazi
synagogue in Amsterdam, holds a special place in Amsterdam's Jewish
Orthodox community. Regular services are held on Shabbat and holidays,
and the shul has its own rabbi and cantor.
traditional Dutch-Jewish melodies and rituals, the beautiful, recently
restored interior and the gezellige (cozy) atmosphere make
services at the Gerard Dou street shul exceptional. Visitors of all
backgrounds come from great distances because they feel so at home at
Gerard Dou. First-time visitors are always warmly welcomed, and this
special friendliness has attracted many young people to the shul. The
membership of the synagogue is small, so each individual is important to
the welfare of the shul.
the initiative of some of the synagogue's younger members, the community
room in the building---also newly-renovated---is now used for a communal
Seder, Sukkot dinners (during Sukkot the room is transformed into a
Sukka) and other events.
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