Gem of a Synagogue: Beth Yisrael in Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem

Founded in 1899 with money from the U.K., this shul today features drashot in English and a 300-year old chandelier of candles.

Synagogues in Israel are mostly neighborhood-based, Orthodox, and starkly functional. Few are housed in the ornate cathedral-type structures or community centers familiar to European and North American Jews. Most Israeli shuls are diminutive, intimate, and crowded – at least on Shabbat.