What does our name mean?
Beth Shoshanna means “House of the Rose”. The word Shoshanna comes from Shir haShirim (Song of Songs) 2:2 – “Like a lily among thorns, So is my love among the daughters”. The rabbis included Song of Songs in Tanach, because they interpreted it as the love story between the Eternal and the people of Israel. The rose here symbolizes the knesset Yisraël, the community of Israel (also written as klal Yisrael). Beth Shoshanna is a house for the Jewish people.
The Zohar, one of the Jewish mystical writings, speaks in this connection of a red and white rose. It is said that the Crusaders of the 12th and 13th century, carried this rose, the rosa gallica versicolor, with them on their return home. It is famed for its aromatic and medicinal properties.
And finally, we find this rose symbol in the building itself. The synagogue has stylized rose windows, of which you can see a photo on our website.