The Chief Rabbi has paid tribute to Plymouth's Jewish community and its synagogue as part of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the city's Grade II-listed temple.
Lord Sacks said the building in Catherine Street was an "absolute gem".
It is the oldest Ashkenazi [German/eastern European descended] temple in the English-speaking world.
First used for services in 1762, it also escaped major damage during the bombing of Plymouth in World War II.
Lord Sacks said: "You're dealing here with a small community - a distinguished and incredibly loyal one - that's been part of the history of Plymouth for two-and-a-half centuries.
"At a certain point, you also stop and thank God for for being able to live in such a tolerant country, and in such a lovely part of it."