Menora, which means a 7-branched Jewish candelabra, has a strong association with the Jewish community. It was designed on the principles of the garden suburb and has a varied residential character.
Menora traditionally has a strong association with the Jewish community. This is reflected in the name "Menora", which is a 7-branched candelabra that is used in Jewish religious ceremonies.
The area now known as Menora was once considered part of Mount Lawley. It was included in the land originally granted to Charles Bourne in 1840, but subdivision did not commence until the 1940s. The current name was chosen in 1954 and was influenced by the location of the Menora Picture Theatre in Walcott Street.
Menora was designed on the principles of the garden suburb, and thus incorporated green streets, parks within walking distance of all residents and a curvilinear street system. As Menora was developed over a relatively extended period, it has a varied residential character.
The suburb contains a large number of character homes, with many buildings having significant heritage and cultural value. Architectural styles range from Californian bungalow to art-deco, post-war and international-style.
The dwellings are predominantly single detached residences on large lots and are generally of brick construction. Adair Parade contains the only significant agglomeration of unit developments. Many homes in Menora have recently been restored, allowing Menora to retain its unique character.
Menora contains some commercial ribbon development along Walcott Street, which allows local residents to access retail services. The suburb features a large number of public open space reserves and several pocket parks. These are used primarily for passive recreation, with the exception of a tennis centre in Alexander Park.
Saint Paul's Primary School is located to the south east of Menora and the area also contains several homes for senior citizens. A Jewish synagogue was opened on Plantation Street in 1973 and remains a significant spiritual focus for Perth's Jewish community.