This is the little synagogue in Terminal 3, one of two synagogues at Ben-Gurion International Airport. The ends of the pews even have the airport logo in the wood.
The table on which the Torah scroll is opened and read.
The covering of the holy ark has a representation of the Temple as it may have looked two thousand years ago.
The words describing the Torah are from the Bible: "Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace."
Lots of holy books in case you have hours of waiting at the airport.
You can even get a Torah lesson by touching the screen.
Behind the beautiful men's section is the drab little corner where the women must stay in order not to be seen or heard.
Yes, it is an Orthodox synagogue.
The posts at the entrance remind you to leave your luggage trolley outside during the prayer services.
Yesterday was the first time I found the synagogue empty and was thus able to enter and shoot some photos.
Haaretz had an interesting article about this in Nov. 2009. Apparently a Muslim prayer room and a Christian chapel had been in the original plans for Terminal 3, which opened in 2004.
Haaretz says "Ultra-Orthodox political pressure has stalled the construction of a church and a mosque at Ben-Gurion International Airport for the past five years ...."