An old (formerly used) synagogue building in my town has this sign on the front of it:

Aged synagogue sign, saying, in Hebrew, the letter 'qof' twice, followed by "*Shaaray Torah*".

The text says "Shaaray Torah", the name of the congregation, but what is the meaning of the two qofs above it?


Likely, it is an acronym for קְהִילָה קְדוֹשָה k'hila k'dosha (lit: holy congregation), a title for Jewish communities whose use dates back to the Talmud (Tamid 27b).

  • Or Kahal Kadosh – El Shteiger Feb 5 '15 at 22:24
  • Can you specify what your link says on the topic? – WAF Feb 6 '15 at 0:38
  • @WAF It uses that phrase as a title for a Jewish community... – Double AA Feb 6 '15 at 0:39
  • I believe the phrase there is "kahala kadisha", which is an Aramaic translation of @ElShteiger's suggestion. Does "k'hila k'dosha" appear there as well? – WAF Feb 6 '15 at 0:41
  • @WAF It says קהלא קדישא as you can see. Are you complaining about my gender? – Double AA Feb 6 '15 at 0:43

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