The Jerusalem Post
Lavi Q1 synagogue construction up 10%
Lavi Industries showed a 10% increase in the construction of synagogues in the first quarter of 2019, market data revealed.
Lavi Industries – which is the largest company in the world in the field of design, planning and manufacturing of seating and furniture systems for synagogues – constructed 60 synagogues at a total investment of NIS 300 million.
CEO Micha Oberman said that in the first quarter the company built about 70% of its synagogues in Israel and 30% abroad, in the United States, England, Italy, France and Germany.
Also in Quarter 1, a first-of-itskind synagogue was opened in Jerusalem for the handicapped and wheelchair disabled in the new wing of the Herzog Medical Center in Jerusalem – the Mishkan Shmuel Synagogue.
The company designed, planned and manufactured the Jerusalem synagogue – with furniture valued at NIS 400,000. It will provide the handicapped with easy-access entry and exit, suitable seats and benches, an accessible holy ark, and more.
The accessible synagogue covers an area of 100 sq.m. and includes 50 seats for men and women, and adjacent to it is a balcony designed for the construction of a sukkah.
In recent years Lavi has produced and supplied furniture to hundreds of synagogues around the world, including the largest synagogue built in the last 15 years in Russia, in the oligarch-rich Moscow suburb of Zhukovka, located near President Vladimir Putin’s residence, the Forest Hill Synagogue in Toronto, Young Israel in Florida, the synagogue in Carpentras in southern France (a synagogue that was built 300 years ago and recently underwent reconstruction), the central synagogue in Nice, Mishkan Yosef in Panama City, Agudat Israel Synagogue in Rio de Janeiro, the Blake Street Shul in Melbourne, and more.
Lavi has installed furniture in 5,300 synagogues in Israel and around the world.