Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue (rue Pavee Synagogue)
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Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue (rue Pavee Synagogue)

The Agoudas Hakehilos synagogue at 10 rue Pavée, in the IVe arrondissement of Paris (Le Marais quarter), commonly referred to at the Pavee synagogue, rue Pavee synagogue, or Guimard synagogue, was erected in 1913 by the architect Hector Guimard, and inaugurated on June 7, 1914.

This synagogue was commissioned by the Agoudas Hakehilos Union of the communities, asociety composed of Orthodox Jews of primarily Russian origin, headed by Joseph Landau. Its erection is a testament to the massive wave of immigration from Eastern Europe that took place at the turn of the 20th century. Funded by this wealthy Polish-Russian group it did not cost the Parisian community a centime . They intended to provide a spacious and modernized place for Jews accustomed to the intimate and often squalid shtiblakh.

The furnishings (luminaires, chandeliers, brackets, and benches) were all designed by the architect who is most famous for his entrance gables to Paris Metro stations.

On the evening of Yom Kippur in 1941, the building was dynamited along with six other Parisian synagogues. It was subsequently restored and was registered as a monument historique by the French authorities on June 4, 1989.

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