How lucky we are that this beautiful historic synagogue was saved and restored. As you walk through the lower east side you see the remnants of many lost synagogues, which is interesting in itself, but here you can see the beauty and history of a vibrant culture that is mostly gone. The tour of the temple was wonderful and informative, the temple itself is beautiful. You do not have to be Jewish to appreciate this landmark. Especially wonderful is the new stained glass in the main sanctuary, make sure to see the short film that shows how it was designed and built. Seeing the still-existing depressions in the floor where worshippers stood and prayed brings history to life. A must-see when in the LES. Ask for the list of surviving and extinct synagogues of the LES while you are here, and you can take an interesting walking tour of the area following the history of Jewish immigrant worship.