Sephardic Kehila Synagogue
Sometimes you find these really odd examples of cultural or architectural influences that you wouldn't expect in the most out of the way places. One example is the Sephardic Kehila Synagogue, built about 10 years ago in Thornhill. The Synagogue is the centre piece of a Sephardic (primarily Moroccan but also Iranian and Iraqi Jews) community that has grown in Thornhill. The community decided it was time to build its own synagogue, as its rites and liturgy differ from those used in the Ashkenazi communities that dominate Toronto's Jewish population. The Kehila synagogue is unique because it was modelled after the remaining three syngagogues in Spain. Indeed, the dome and the interior were copied from the Toledo synagogue, while the exterior has clear Moorish patterning.
The Synagogue is located at Bathurst and Cordoba, at the first lights north of Steeles on Bathurst.