Some 80 new synagogues are currently under construction in Jerusalem for a total cost estimated at NIS 800 million ($224 million).

The capital already contains hundreds of synagogues, but these still fall short of meeting the needs of the growing traditional, religious and haredi communities in the city.

According to Lavi Industries, the world’s largest maker of synagogue furnishings, some of the synagogues are being designed as complexes that can seat 5,000 to 10,000 people each.

The company said that the cost of building an average-size synagogue that seats 300 to 400 worshippers is about NIS 10 million ($2.8 million), compared to about NIS 30 million ($8.4 million) for a more palatial synagogue.