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Ohel Leah Synagogue 2000
Hong Kong

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award

The Ohel Leah Synagogue was constructed in 1901 for the Sephardic Jewish community in Hong Kong and has served as a place of worship for Orthodox Jews since its construction.

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Ohel Leah Synagogue 2000
Hong Kong

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award

The Ohel Leah Synagogue was constructed in 1901 for the Sephardic Jewish community in Hong Kong and has served as a place of worship for Orthodox Jews since its construction.

Over the years the synagogue suffered a series of additions and alterations. New services and fixtures had been installed haphazardly, both in and around the building, which had reduced its architectural integrity and added little to the comfort of those using the synagogue. The setting had been diminished by new development within its original garden and grounds.

These issues were comprehensively readdressed during 1996-98 by major conservation and restoration of the synagogue.

Representative of Edwardian craftsmanship in Hong Kong including plasterwork, leadlighting and timber carving, the original furniture and artifacts were carefully restored by Khai Liew and his team in association with SACON.

The large teak pews, of which there were four variations and sizes, had woven rattan cane seats and backs for comfort and ventilation. Where necessary, joints were reglued, the caned seats and backs were rewoven, missing details recarved and original finishes to the timber were reapplied.