Worship and Practices
Synagogues are assembly houses for community prayer, study, and meeting. Its the central institution of the community. Modern Jews sometimes use the word temple instead of synagogue. Styles of synagogues vary in design, but they all have these components in common: the ark where the Torah scrolls are held must face the wall facing Jerusalem and the Ner Tamid, the everlasting flame, must be lit in front of the ark.