Gamla Synagogue
The Gamla Synagogue dates to around 66 CE, and is one of the oldest synagogues in the world
The synagogue is located in the Golan Heights in a city called Gamla.
In Hebrew Gamal means camel (Gamla), the synagogue is named after camels because of the hill it is on, which looks like a camel hump.
A mikva was found in the synagogue. Lots of other things were found, like lamps made by Herod, limestone cups, lots of Hasmonean coins, and a ton of things from the big war that happened in Gamla, like arrowheads.
The Gamla Synagogue is one of the only synagogues that was found in Israel that was built under Herod's rule which means that the synagogue was there before the first temple was destroyed.
The community did some praying because of the Torah scrolls but they were also very pure or liked being pure because of the mikvas
There was no art or inscriptions found in this synagogue.
Some people say that the synagogue was more like a community center because not many religious items were found, but they did find, something that could have been the ark for Torah scrolls so there was some praying going on.
Well since there were mikvas in the synagogue people used those a lot, there were probably some activities going on since people thought that it was more like a community center, and then of course there were most likely services, and people came to hear the Torah being read.
Our synagogue is mostly similar because are synagogue has an ark for its Torah, and the Gamla synagogue was thought to be pretty and we try to make our synagogue pretty, also our synagogue has events a things that kids and grownups can do that our Jewish related or just fun and Gamla was like a community center.
The synagogue later turned into a refuge when the war started, and Gamla is being called the Masada of the North. Gamla/the synagogue was mistory for around 1,900 years, until it was discovered in 1968, when archaeologists were looking for things in the Golan.
SOURCES: Wikipedia Times of Israel Mosaic.ik.net Www3.nd.edu/gamla Www.biblewalks.com/gamla.html Www.followtherabbi.com
The synagogue is inside the city walls. It was built out of stone and had pillared aisles. In the corners of the main hall there were heart shaped columns and in the next room there was a mikva. Archaeologist also found an alcove that was thought to hole the Torah scrolls. Most synagogue doors usually face Jerusalem (east) but Gamla doors face southwest because of the hard land.

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