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Synagogues and Jewish Communal Institutions: Introduction


Throughout history Jews have joined together for the purposes of religious practice, protection, and welfare. They have formed judicial bodies to regulate the community, institutions to educate their young, and societies to bury their dead. These organizations served, and still serve, to maintain the continuity and vitality of Jewish life in a pluralistic society.

 This guide aims to assist those searching for information about Jewish communal institutions and synagogues. It provides links to resources in the collections of the New York Public Library, as well as to online resources. Organizations are listed by category, and synagogues by location.

For synagogues please click here.

For communal institutions and organizations please click here

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Subjects: Jewish Studies