Discovering an Old Synagogue in Auckland New Zealand

I was surprised last week to see this “Old Synagogue” sign on one of the campus buildings at Auckland University.  (Surprised because I live here in Auckland and didn’t know that an older Synagogue existed before walking by and seeing it.)

Old synagogue in auckland

Here is the building, now the University House of Auckland University.  You can see the Old synagogue sign on the fence post:

Old synagogue in Auckland

Trivia: If the signs date is correct 1858 – 1968, it is nearly as old as the city itself as Auckland was founded in 1840. If you want to learn more about the early Jewish history in New Zealand, check out this book: Not Strictly Kosher: Pioneer Jews in New Zealand (1831-1901). While I have yet to read it, it claims to be the only comprehensive source of information on Jewish social history in New Zealand.

It is certainly not as old as some of the synagogues we have seen around the world, like in Prague or Morocco.

Did you know that this old synagogue existed in Auckland?


  1. How cool and what a great find. I’m guessing you are going to do some research? Probably.

    Have a fantastic day. 🙂

  2. Makes me wonder about the old architecture that I pass by regularly here in Toronto. Happy Wednesday!

  3. WOW!! The style of the building looks as though it was that period… Great find!

    Mines up as well at AussiePomm – Hong Kong Sunrise!!!!

    Have a great day!!

  4. I’m excited about your new rabbi at your new synagogue (or new as of 1968).

  5. That is a really interesting thing to have spotted. I wonder what the story was with it changing hands after so many years.

  6. It’s strange how things like that happen amazing what a walk can do

    Well I want to know why you have only just noticed it…that reminds me I have an appointment at the opticians this month, gawd I’m wandering now 🙂

    Have a fantabulosa week Rhonda

  7. What a cool find

  8. A new perspective can teach us so much! Thanks for linking up over at It’s My Life!

  9. I love old buildings.

  10. So glad you found it!! Cool!

  11. Isn’t it amazing what lies on our own doorsteps – we’re often so busy we don’t even notice!

  12. Wow- that is amazing! The stories it could tell us!

  13. Great find!

  14. Lily @Militaryfamof8 says:

    that is a cool thing to find!

    Thank you for hosting WW with a linky, I have a linky on mine as well if you’d like to visit 😉
    and there’s a giveaway linky on it with thousands of dollars in prizes already! 😉 see you next week!

  15. doesn’t look that old…perfectly restored 🙂

  16. That is a beautiful old building. There are many old synagogues in the Southeastern US that were, long ago, turned into something else (such as a hardware store). We have seen a few in our travels – and will seek them out if we know of one along our route. One of my favorite old synagogues is in Natchez, MS.

    We will have to seek out this building if we ever make it to NZ.

    It is so nice that, even though the building may have taken on a new purpose, the history is still noted.

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