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English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

My wife and I are moving to Zurich in the next couple of months, and wanted to know if anyone was aware of any Enlgish speaking Jewish Synagogues in Zurich. We are currently conservative, but would be open to other ones as well.

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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

I don't know how up-to-date this information is, but Google yielded this:

There are three synagogues (conservative, orthodox and liberal) in Zurich but there are no services in English. Further information is available from the Israelitische Cultusgemeinde (+41 44 201 16 59).

http://www.zurich-relocation.ch/cont...ngstoknow.html
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

I hope this link will help you in some way:

http://www.zurichtourism.ch/en/page....nters?start=13

=Israeli Religious Community=
Address:
Israelitische Religionsgemeinschaft
Manessestrasse 10
8003 Zürich
Tel. (0)44 241 80 57
Fax (0)44 241 82 14

=Israeli Synagogue=
Address:
Israelitische Synagoge
Freigutstrasse 37
8002 Zürich
Tel. (0)44 201 49 98
=Israelitische Kultusgemeinde=
Address:
Bibliothek der ICZ
Lavaterstrasse 33
8002 Zürich
Tel. (0)44 283 22 50
Fax (0)44 283 22 23
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

Hi david

here's info on jewish places in CH.

http://www.kosherdelight.com/Switzer...nagogues.shtml

I have an israeli friend here. I will ask if there are any next time we speak. Though I have the feeling there aren't any.

Maybe once you are here you can visit the big centre in town and they will give you information.

You can also maybe join for some jewish dancing! Classes every Tuesday night!

speak soon.

Shalom.

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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

thank you to everyone who has helped, we will begin to research this when we come visit in early june. but it seems as if alot of the synagogues we are seeing are orthodox, and we are more conservative.

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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

Also something else to bare in mind... I believe once you register with synagogue they will come to you for some tax or some fee or something. It's not the UK!!!
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

1) There is no English-speaking community in Zurich, although many of the members of any of the communities will speak perfectly good English. But no services in English. The only English speaking community was in Geneva but that disbanded in the late 1970's.

2) The closest you will get to Conservative will be the ICZ. The rest are even more orthodox except Or Chadash which is liberal.

3) The communities charge a membership fee which is income-based, although you may get a break if you are a full member elsewhere.
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

I'd take a walk in Wiedikon area on a saturday morning, and ask passerby's
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My wife and I are moving to Zurich in the next couple of months, and wanted to know if anyone was aware of any English speaking Jewish Synagogues in Zurich. We are currently conservative, but would be open to other ones as well.

thank you in advance for your help
You will not find any synagogue with services in English but certainly there are members who will speak English. I know this is the case with the synagogue in Baden. (orthodox) There are also services held in Lengnau.
http://www.englishforum.ch/other-gen...unity-zug.html

I think in the smaller communities you will find people are very friendly and while they may lack the fluency in English, they make up for this by their warmth and their efforts to make you feel welcome.
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

Shalom David,

Although they are based in Basel, you might want to contact Migwan (http://www.migwan.ch/home-en.html) as they are a bi-lingual society, speaking German and English - or maybe that should be tri-lingual, if you include Hebrew!

They receive support from a Synagogue based in Newcastle, in the north-east of England.

Even if they are not suitable because of distance, someone there may point you in the right direction as to an anglophone group in the Zürich area.

Hope this helps.

L'Ecossais

BTW - is there any other type of Synagogue apart from Jewish?
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

Contact Chabad of Zurich. a lot of English speaking are joining their center:
http://www.chabadswitzerland.com/
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

Hi

Chabad are orthadoz but they are English Speaking and vey accepting of anyone - they have FND's and dinners for the Rosh Hashana - depending on which side of the lake you decided to live they have events for all the family - mostly English speaking people go to Chabad.

Good luck in Zurich - the ITZ have services but I prefer Chabad they are more welcoming
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

There are 2 orthodox synagogues in Zurich, Weststr, Freigutstr. There is a United Synagogue on Lowenstr.
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

Chabad Esra they speak English, the lecture is in English and they are super friendly & welcoming !!! :-)
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Re: English Speaking Jewish Synagogue in Zurich

I think after 6 years they'll have worked it all out by now.
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It's useful info for others, though.
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