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Lion Synagogue
Doornfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Morris (Morrie) Jacob HARRIS: Architect

Date:1905
Type:Synagogue
Status:Extant
Street:120 Siemert Road

 


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Coordinates:
26°11'38.36" S 28°03'29.78" E Alt: 1733m

(Praagh 1906: 276, 277 ill; RAU doc)

Wording on blue plaque:

JOHANNESBURG HERITAGE SITE

THE DOORNFONTEIN
SYNAGOGUE

The Lions Shul
The Synagogue, an impressive souvenir of
Jewish Doornfontein, was built in 1906 to serve the
growing Jewish community. The architect was M.J. Harris,
son of Johannesburg's first rabbi. M.L. Harris.
The architecture is eclectic, combining western Mannerist
columns with Lithuanian domes thus evoking memories
of the homelands of this immigrant community.
The Lions represent the Lion of Judah, whose
name signifies Praise of God, while the
young lions indicate strength,
courage and vitality.

JOHANNESBURG
HERITAGE FOUNDATION

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Writings about this entry

Oxley, John. 1992. Places of Worship in South Africa. Halfway House: Southern Book Publishers. pg 157-158