Starting over in new city, let alone a new country, can be tough if you have ties to a religious congregation. Although neither Brenna, Shannon, nor Sam are religious types, this section should give you believers out there a few tips on where to worship in Paris.
English Speaking Churches
The American Church in Paris is a venerable institution that has been around since 1857. This interdenominational church has a large, international community and in addition to worship services, it hosts a wide range of activities from special nights for young adults, to aerobics classes, to networking events. The churchs bulletin board has for years been a great place to find studio apartments, babysitters or academic tutors.
For Anglicans, there is St Georges Anglican Church, located in the 16th. This church also welcomes an international community, and has a sister branch located in the city of Caen in Normandy. St George’s also provides services in Malagasy, for Madacascar natives.
For English speaking Catholics, St Joseph’s Church in the 8th provides daily mass, catechism classes and a variety of other counseling services.
English Speaking Synagogues
Kehilat Gesher is a Franco-American synagogue with two locations, one in the 17th arrondissement and the other in the suburb of St-Germain-en-Laye. Kehilat Gesher bills itself as “the only French Anglophone liberal synagogue” in the Paris area. The congregation is made up of some 145 families with a mixture of Ashkenazi and Sefardi cultures.
The Great Synagogue in Paris, located in the 9th arrondissement, is Paris’s largest synagogue. A beautiful monument in its own right, the synagogue seats over 1800 people and conducts services in the Ashkenazi-Alsacien tradition.
English Speaking Mosques
The imposing, beautiful Grande Mosquée de Paris located in the 5th, is a pillar of the Parisian Muslim community. Although neither Brenna nor Sam can say for sure whether the mosque has Anglophone services, the people running it would certainly be aware of if any ressources are out there.
For more information, check out what appears to be a fairly exhaustive list, here. Another option might be checking with your embassy or consulat or asking around.