Kafr Bar'am Synagogue

By the Editors of the Madain Project

Kafr Bar'am synagogue was built circa 220 CE, most probably in honor of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.


The architecture is similar to that of other synagogues in the Galilee (such as Capernaum Synagogue) built in the Talmudic period. The front entrance of the synagogue has three doorways that face Jerusalem, and had eight columns with Attic bases which supported a porch.


Circa 220 CE

The interior of the synagogue was divided by rows of columns into three aisles and an ambulatory. The synagogue had a six column portico which is a bit unusual. The Kfar Bar'am synagogue is preserved up to the second story and has been restored.


Let's bring some history to your inbox

Signup for our monthly newsletter / online magazine.
No spam, we promise.

Privacy Policy