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Synagogue

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A synagogue (from Greek: synagogē, "assembly"; beit knesset, "house of assembly"; beit tefila, "house of prayer", shul; esnoga) is a Jewish house of prayer.

Synagogues usually have a large hall for prayer (the main sanctuary), smaller rooms for study and sometimes a social hall and offices. Some have a separate room for Torah study, called the Beit midrash — ("House of Study").

Many Jews in English-speaking countries use the Yiddish term "shul" in everyday speech. Spanish and Portuguese Jews call the synagogue an esnoga. Persian Jews and Karaite Jews use the term Kenesa, which is derived from Aramaic. Reform and some Conservative congregations in the United States sometimes use the word "temple."

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