At the beginning, in 1969, prayers took place only in the lobby and only during the High Holidays. The rest of the building was still used for storage. There were not that many people living in the area and it was big enough for Kol Nidrei prayers and for Ne'ila.
In 1971 the worshipers' association leased the building from the local council, and thereafter, at the end of the summer of 1971, the building was re-inaugurated, with a procession accompanying the Torah scrolls on their way from the old shack into the new synagogue. Just before the 1973 Yom Kippur the main hall was ready for prayers.
It is called after Shai Agnon for 2 reasons: his being one of its long-time worshipers and his involvement in gaining possession of the building.
In the 70s there was a kindergarten on the lower floor of the building. It is now used as the beautiful Mele'im Ziv library.

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