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.)
Here is the building, now the University House of Auckland University. You can see the Old synagogue sign on the fence post:
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.
Did you know that this old synagogue existed in Auckland?