The Carpentras Synagogue -
The Oldest Synagogue in France which still hold services.
A.C.I. Synagogue – Centre Communautaire
15, Place Maurice Charretier – 84200 CARPENTRAS
Tél: 04 90 34 27 32 / 04-90-63-39-97
M. Joseph AMAR, Tél: 04-90-34-27-32 , firstname.lastname@example.org
241, rue Jean Jaurès – 84100 Orange
Vice-Président : M. Philippe SAMAMA, Tél: 04-90-69-62-48
Offices – Chabbat et jours de
Fêtes / OpenShabbat and Jewish Holidays
The synagogue is open for chabbat
Last updated on: September 24, 2008
By: Frederic Attali
Reviewed: August 4, 2014
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About the Carpentras Synagouge:
was built in 1367 and restored in the 18th century by architect Antoine
D’Allemand. It is the oldest synagogue in France still in activity.
It stands as testimony to the Jewish community which sought
pontifical protection after being persecuted in the Kingdom of France,
and settled here in the Comtat Venaissin in the 13th century.
The Jewish neighborhood, called carrière, was set up in 1461 in the
heart of the city by the Consuls, and was abandoned after the Comtat
became part of France. This Synagogue remains, mute testimony to past
and present Judeo-Provencal culture.
The discreet façade dates from 1909. The prayer room has an 18th century
Baroque décor, with pillars and faux marble. The ground floor holds the
oldest parts of the building, the ritual baths and 2 bakeries, one
reserved for daily bread, the other for the preparation of the
unleavened azyme bread, and a room dedicated to Jerusalem within the
to Thursday: 10-12 and 3-5.
Friday: 10-12 and 3-4.
Doors open every 30 minutes.
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Jewish holidays.
Guided visits during the school holidays.
Contact: Tel : +33 (0)4 90 63 39 97
Not to be missed: The
Festival in early August, in the special setting of the Synagogue
and the Hôtel-Dieu interior courtyard. A unique event in France,
presenting all the various influences of Jewish music.
For more information: Download
the PDF file about the
Carpentras Synagogue (French)
Jewish Carpentras 13th - 16th century.
Jewish Community of Carpentras Records: 1747 - 1897
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