Ohel Jakob Synagogue
Ohel Jakob Synagogue
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Ohel Jakob (Jacob's Tent) at the Sankt-Jakobs-Platz is a synagogue built as the new main synagogue for the Jewish community in Munich.

The building has a striking cubic concrete structure clad with stone in its lower part and topped by a glass cube.

The synagogue was inaugurated on 9 November 2006 on the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The synagogue can seat 550 worshippers.

The building is part of the new Jewish Center consisting of the synagogue, the Jewish Museum Munich, and a community center.
Written 1 November 2022
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Ildiko T
Budajeno, Hungary611 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Couples
In order to understand the architecture and the history of the building(s) at the Square as well as the history of the Munich Jewish community, you need to get a guide. Our guide was a very friendly lady from the local community who spoke a very clear English and was ready to tell us a lot about the religion, the building, the every day life of the community. She took us through a tunnel (walk of remembrance) from the community building to a synagogue. you have to go through security check before entering the community center also do not forget your ID and eventually hat for the men (they have kipas on-site as well). It was a very interesting experience. As you are a non-Jew you can visit the services but you have to let them know in advance like 1-2 weeks ahead. They have an orthodox rabbi so also orthodox services are held in this synagogue.
Written 14 October 2018
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ChiefClancyWiggum
Springfield, IL263 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Couples
The Ohel Jacob (jacob's tent) synagog is located at Sankt-Jakobs-Platz just 500 meter south of Marienplatz & is part of the Jewish Center for the Israelite Religious Community of Munich & Upper Bavaria.

The building is a cubic structure of stone resembling the western wall, topped by a glass cube, representing a tent (ohel). It was inaugurated eight years ago on the 68th anniversary of the Reichskristallnacht.

For reasons of security, the only way to get inside the synagog is by doing a guided tour. The tour costs 5 euro, takes about 1 hour, includes the synagog itself & the 32 meter long "Gang der Erinnerung" (hallway of remembrance).

I highly recommend to arrange a tour way in advance, because they tend to be fully booked most of the time. Their website is only in german, but says they're offering tours in english, french, italian, russian & hebrew also. It's advisable not to bring luggage, cause there are no lockers.

By the way, there's a great kosher restaurant called Restaurant Einstein at the synagog.
Written 25 November 2014
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Altonmann
Pennington, NJ331 contributions
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May 2015 • Friends
We knew nothing about this synagogue, even though I had read several guide books on Munich but we happened upon it because Sankt Jakob Platz was noted. We were simply blown away by the symbolism of the architecture and the austere beauty of the stone walls. Some have said it is to recall the Wailing Wall but it reminded us of a bunker, a twist on the concentration camp architecture to transform it into a symbol of protection against forces of destruction. Very moving. Did not even take a tour because we didn't know you could and we were all very struck by the sheer force of the building. The Jewish Museum next door has quotes from younger Germans about the treatment of the Jews; it is also profound.
Written 31 May 2015
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CBB
Munich, Germany57 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Solo
Rabbi Brodman and Dr Knobloch are super people. Recently I visited the Center and then prayed at the Synagogue. Rabbi Brodmann welcomed me ad hoc as I had not planned the Synagogue visit. It was so beautiful and the Rabbi so welcoming, at peace with himself and our God. Lovely human being. The same for Dr Knobloch..what a lady! Read her autobiography. Phenomena! . An amazing lady.
These two people do so much goodness to promote peace and integration amongst peoples and especially in beautiful Munich. I am not a member of the community ...but felt and feel so welcome there. Stay well and stay as you are!
I highly recommend this center, the book store, the restaurant and take time to pray at the synagogue.
Written 22 May 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,902 contributions
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May 2015 • Couples
In Germany it is always a special case any kind of synagoges. In 1938 at the Kristallnacht the nacis destroyed througout the country all the synagogues. And today you can go to larger or smaller German cities, everywhere there are new synagogues and places to remember. This synagoge is an architectuel masterpiece outside and inseide too. Go and visit it.
Written 26 July 2015
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Ohlen
Munich60 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Friends
Bavaria, Munich and the Jewish community have granted to the city of Munich with this building a special sight by its architecture and by its existence as a synagogue after so many synagogues in Germany in 1938 had been destroyed. The synagogue got the name OHEL JAKOV along with its wonderful form of a real bedouin tent which one still can experience in the desert of Negev. The lower walls renmind the stones of Jerusalem, the higher tent form above with its glass and metall net work gives a sight you can't forget. Along with the outer architecture runs the interior of the synagogue with wonderful wood work of the banks and the gallery.
Close to the synagogue you have to visit the Jewish Museum, run by the city of Munich: with a permanent exhibition on Jewish history in Munich and in Germany in general and with most attractive temporary expositions. A bookshop and a cafeteria help you to relax.
Written 30 November 2014
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lisa c
Washington DC, DC140 contributions
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July 2018
You need to bring your passport ahead of time but the shul is beautiful, and they even have a cantor!
Written 9 October 2018
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Harry R
Ramat Hasharon, Israel391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
Close to the Viktualienmarkt in the pedestrian zone of the old city this modern synagogue was built on the site of the destroyed pre-war house of worship. The architecture is arresting and worth a visit.
Written 8 July 2019
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BradBSpurs
New York City, NY406 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Couples
What amazing building and incredible architecture. The stone and glass are very modern but still managed to make it look old.
Written 14 October 2018
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