I can't say much about the photos as I wasn't there to hear the tour. His guide was a very talkative chap with a good sense of humour. Temporary head coverings were supplied to men who did not have there own.
The dome looks glorious.
While it is known as the Melbourne Synagogue, it isn't in the city of course. I believe there is a smaller one in town.
Have a look at the beautiful stained glass, which is really not evident from the outside.
I was very surprised to learn that women don't sit down with the men but in the galleries.
The succah is at what I would call the back of the synagogue. They normally have roofs of plant material, such as palm fronds, but not to the point of weatherproofing them. This one has or had a retractable roof, I would guess for protection when it wasn't being used. Its purpose is a little hard to describe for me, but perhaps think of it as somewhere to eat and relax.
And so ends Open House for another year. Our count was low this year, but no doubt Open House will be back bigger and better next year.