Synagogue (Lausanne)

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Synagogue in Lausanne

The synagogue in Lausanne , the capital of the Swiss canton of Vaud , was built in 1909/10 according to plans by the architects Charles Bonjour, Adrien van Dorsser and Oscar Oulevey. The synagogue at No. 1 Avenue Juste-Olivier is a cultural asset of national importance .

First, around 1860, the city's Jewish families rented premises for holding church services . In November 1898, a room in the newly built Maison Mercier was rented and converted into a synagogue.

The Rabbi Wertheimer from Geneva proposed the construction of a synagogue. On the basis of a bequest from Daniel Iffla , a patron living in Paris, construction of the synagogue could begin. The inauguration took place on November 7, 1910.

Today (since the end of 2017) the parish rabbi is Eliezer Shai Di Martino from Italy .


  • Ron Epstein-Mil: The synagogues of Switzerland. Buildings between emancipation, assimilation and acculturation . Photographs by Michael Richter (=  contributions to the history and culture of the Jews in Switzerland. Series of publications by the Swiss Association of Israelites . Volume 13 ). Chronos Verlag, Zurich 2008, ISBN 978-3-0340-1398-7 , p. 222–227 (not evaluated).

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Coordinates: 46 ° 30 '58.7 "  N , 6 ° 38' 15.9"  E ; CH1903:  538540  /  151981