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Barbara rolled on more lipstick, smacked her lips together, and smoothed her dress over her hips. Bethie stood up. She fluffed her friend’s veil, picked up her bouquet, and followed Barbara out into the sanctuary.
Source: Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Context: Barbara’s wedding’s day. They were in the bride’s room of Adath Israel, the synagogue on Rochester Avenue.

Sanctuary refers to the centre piece of the synagogue, right? the equivalent of the church alter, right?

Thank you.
  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    The sanctuary is the main large room where worshippers sit during services (or guests sit during weddings).
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