Little Jo stayed with us and at her request we ordered pizzas to be delivered. It was 10pm before she went to bed and so did not wake until about 7.30, late for her.
It was a busy weekend in Melbourne with Open House 2017 and a fun run Sunday morning. We decided Little Jo should come to an Open House event with us and we chose the synagogue opposite The Highrise, and visible in this photo, and in my blog header photo.
R has been there before, two or three years ago, during Open House but it was his suggestion for a return visit. Not all other males did, but we covered our heads with the supplied fabric piece. We were just in time to join a conducted tour where a number of things about the synagogue were pointed out to us. The guide was very good and a nice lady. As most of the visitors weren't Jewish, it was quite dumbed down and easy to follow. I had to whisper a few things to Little Jo, such as explaining a rabbi's role and what a torah is.
The hanging lamp is not allowed to go out and we were told it came from a synagogue in Florence.
This is Tasmanian Blackwood, a beautiful timber.
After admiring the 1300 seat space, used mainly on ceremonial occasions, we were taken outside and under the main area is a smaller one for every day worship. I have forgotten the correct name now but the altar and other fittings came from the smaller Bourke Street synagogue, now housing legal offices, when this synagogue opened in about 1927. Note another lamp that is not allowed to go out.
From the outside we see these stained glass panels lit but all we see is white light shining on windows. They are remarkable. Each has its own story. These ones are in the smaller part of the synagogue.
I can only liken this space to a supper room at 1960s supper dance.
Lads and lass, you can go upstairs to women's gallery and have a look around. We did and it was wonderous. My photos do not do it justice at all.
Little Jo seemed to enjoy herself well enough and of course learnt a little.
We then caught the tram to town and lunched on popcorn chicken and chips at Riverland. It was very busy, partly from fun run competitors. OMG, we can now have Canadian poutine in Australia. R likes poutine and I find it disgusting.
I don't know this older boat at all. Other Yarra river cruise boats were moored at Federation Wharf, and the spruikers active.