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Synonyms for bema

area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir

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The elementary content of the floral service was the procession of the confirmants through the sanctuary, carrying bouquets or wreaths, which they then ceremonially deposited either on the bimah or at the foot of the Ark.
78) Temple Emanu-El has two freestanding, seven-branched menorahs on the bimah alone (Figure 3), and many more appear elsewhere in the building as decorative motifs.
Inside, the layout of the temple adhered to Jewish customs, with the bimah (stage) and aron kodesh (Torah cabinet) facing east.
And a lot of congregations only allow men to sit in the front" Another woman said, "It bothered me that a woman could not walk upon the bimah [synagogue alter] because she was a woman.
Adding to the dated feeling of the sanctuary was rigid theater seating, a massive elevated bimah and a drop ceiling in part of the social hall.
Built of limestone, the interior still retains the original mahogany ark, pews and bimah.
For example, bimah only meant the platform where the rabbis sat or from which the Torah was read.
Two furnishings are required for the ritual: a chest called the aron hakodesh (the Holy Ark), in which the Torah scroll is placed, and a bimah (platform), where the rabbi stands to read and talk to the assembly.
They made a pile of books and documents in front of the rabbi's platform, or bimah, on the synagogue's first floor and set them on fire.
Similarly, the relationship of the Christian pulpit, the Jewish bimah, and the Islamic minbar might cast light on the function of the sermon in the different liturgies.
During a concert in the synagogue, this man is showing me a chair in one of the rows in front of the Bimah (a pulpit located in the center of an (Orthodox) synagogue).
It was common at that time--as it still is today in many American synagogues for the sanctuaries of the large and established Ashkenazi Orthodox synagogues in Williamsburg such as the Hewes Street Shul and Clymer Street Shul to have Israeli and American flags bracketing each side of the bimah.
The bimah, the lectern where the Torah scroll was once read, was visible under plastic sheeting, and a niche in the wall facing toward Jerusalem was all that remained of the elaborate wooden ark that held the scrolls.
A bimah - a platform where a religious preacher stands - was uncovered, confirming that this site is a cathedral, according to the Archeological director.