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Synagogues and Jewish Communal Institutions: Synagogues in the United States

United States

Links to items about synagogues in our collection (arranged by states): 

Alabama Arkansas Connecticut Georgia Illinois Kentucky Louisiana
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Missouri Nevada New York
Ohio Oklahoma Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Texas Virginia


Some informative websites about synagogues in North America:
- Oldest synagogues in the United States on Wikipedia provides information about the oldest Sephardi and Ashkenazi congregations, the oldest existing buildings, and then a list, arranged by location, with links to their sites.
- Oldest synagogues in Canada - this Wikipedia page provides basic information about the oldest congregations, oldest building, and a list, arranged by provinces, with basic information and links to their websites.    


Alabama - Birmingham Temple Emanu-El Centennial, 1882-1982.
Alabama - Montgomery Temple Beth Or First 100 years of Kahl Montgomery


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Temple Beth Or Montgomery Alabama (1910)
(Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Arkansas - Helena Temple Beth El Temple Beth El : Helena, Arkansas, 1915-2006


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Temple Meir Chayim, McGehee
(Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Connecticut - New Haven Congregation Mishkan Israel Centennial volume. Congregation Mishkan Israel, New Haven, Connecticut, 1840-1940
Connecticut - New London various A goodly heritage; the story of the Jewish community in New London, 1860-1955

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Temple Beth Israel, West Hartford

(image source Wikimedia Commons)


Georgia - Atlanta Temple (Hebrew Benevolent Congregation) As but a day : the first hundred years
Georgia - Atlanta Ahavath Achim Synagogue History of the Ahavath Achim Congregation, 1887-1977

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Temple Synagogue, Midtown, Atlanta 

(Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Illinois - Champaign Sinai Temple Amid the alien corn : 100 years of Sinai Temple in Champaign, Illinois, 1904-2004
Illinois - Chicago Various Synagogues of Chicago
Illinois - Chicago Congregation Temple Isaiah Israel (KAM Isaiah Israel) Our first century, 1852-1952 : Temple Isaiah Israel, The United Congregations of B'nai Sholom, Temple Israel and Isaiah Temple 5612-5712

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K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple (Image source Wikimedia Commons)



Kentucky various Synagogues of Kentucky : architecture and history

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Keneseth Israel Synagogue, Louisville

(image source Wikimedia Commons)


Louisiana - Shreveport Congregation Agudath Achim Wings toward the South : the first hundred years of Congregation Agudath Achim


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Touro Synagogue St Charles Avenue NOLA

(image source Wikimedia Commons)


Maryland - Annapolis Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel Honor : Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel
Maryland - Baltimore Temple Oheb Shalom History of Oheb Shalom, 1853-1953


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Shaarei Tfiloh Synagogue, Druid Hill Park at Baltimore

(image source Wikimedia Commons)


Massachusetts - Boston Boston Synagogue History of the Boston Synagogue 1888-2013 : a 125th anniversary celebration
Massachusetts - Boston Congregation Adath Israel Becoming American Jews : Temple Israel of Boston
Massachusetts - Boston Temple Mishkan Tefila Temple Mishkan Tefila : a history 1858-1958


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Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline (Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Michigan - Grand Rapids Temple Emanuel Eric Mendelsohn's synagogues in America


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Temple Emanuel, Grand Rapids (Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Minnesota - Saint Paul Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation Eric Mendelsohn's synagogues in America

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   Sanctuary of Mt. Zion. Temple, St. Paul

   (Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Missouri - Saint Louis Congregation B'nai Amoona Eric Mendelsohn's synagogues in America
Missouri - Saint Louis Shaʻare emeth 75th anniversary, 1869-1944


Synagogue, St. Louis (Image source NYPL Digital Collections)


Nevada - Las Vegas Temple Beth Sholom Isaiah stained-glass windows

New York

New York - Astoria Astoria Center of Israel 75th anniversary journal
New York - Brooklyn various Lost synagogues of Brooklyn : the stories behind how and why many Brooklyn synagogues, now old "ex-shuls," were converted to other uses
New York - Bronx various Lost synagogues of the Bronx and Queens
New York - Long Island various Seeking sanctuary : 125 years of synagogues on Long Island
New York - Long Island various Synagogues of Long Island
New York - Manhattan various Synagogues of New York City : history of a Jewish community
New York - Manhattan various Lost synagogues of Manhattan : including shuls from Staten Island and Governors Island
New York - Manhattan various in the Lower East Side Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side : a retrospective and contemporary view
New York - Manhattan Temple Israel of the City of New York. 80th anniversary of Temple Israel of the City of New York
New York - Manhattan Congregation Shearith Israel Mill Street synagogue (1730-1817) of the Congregation Shearith Israel (founded in the city of New York in 1655)
New York - Manhattan Congregation Shearith Israel Old faith in the New World; portrait of Shearith Israel, 1654-1954
New York - Manhattan Congregation Shearith Israel Portraits etched in stone ; early Jewish settlers, 1682-1831.
New York - Manhattan Congregation Shearith Israel Remnant of Israel : a portrait of America's first Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel
New York - Manhattan Congregation B'nai Jeshurun One hundredth anniversary, 1825-1925, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, New York.
New York - Manhattan Eldridge Street Synagogue Beyond the façade : a synagogue, a restoration, a legacy : the Museum at Eldridge Street
New York - Manhattan Eldridge Street Synagogue Landmark of the spirit : the Eldridge Street Synagogue
New York - Queens various Lost synagogues of the Bronx and Queens


Temple Emanu-El, 5th Avenue and 65th Street, New York City 

Temple Emanu-El, New York City (image source Digital Commonwealth)


Ohio - Cincinnati Bene Israel Congregation One hundred twenty-fifth anniversary 1824-1949 : souvenir history and program : Kahal Kodesh Bene Israel, the Rockdale Avenue Temple, Cincinnati
Ohio - Cleveland Heights Park Synagogue Eric Mendelsohn's synagogues in America


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Plum Street Temple (Isaac M. Wise Temple), Cincinnati 

(Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Oklahoma - Oklahoma City Temple Bnai Israel Temple Bnai Israel : year of dedication, 1955
Oklahoma - Tulsa Congregation B'nai Emunah  B'nai Emunah, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1916-1966


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Emanuel Synagogue, Oklahoma City

(Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Pennsylvania Various Synagogues of central and western Pennsylvania : a visual journey
Pennsylvania - Elkins Park Congregation Adath Jeshurun Dedication book : Congregation Adath Jeshurun, 1858-1967, 5618-5727
Pennsylvania - Phladelphia various Historic synagogues of Philadelphia & the Delaware Valley
Pennsylvania - Phladelphia Congregation Rodeph Shalom History of Rodeph Shalom Congregation, Philadelphia, 1802-1926


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Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, Philadelphia

(Image source Wikimedia Commons)

Rhode Island

Rhode Island - Newport Touro Synagogue Genesis of religious freedom : the story of the Jews of Newport, RI and Touro Synagogue, including Washington's letter of 1790
Rhode Island - Newport Touro Synagogue History of Touro Synagogue
Rhode Island - Newport Touro Synagogue Story of the Jews of Newport, two and a half centuries of Judaism, 1658-1908
Rhode Island - Newport Touro Synagogue Touro Synagogue of Congregation Jeshuat Israel, Newport, Rhode Island : founded 1658, dedicated 1763, designated as a national historic site, 1946


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Touro Synagogue, Newport  (Image source Wikimedia Commons)

South Carolina

South Carolina - Columbia Tree of Life Congregation Tree of Life : fifty years of congregational life at the Tree of Life Synagogue


Texas - Dallas Congregation Shearith Israel Golden book of Shearith Israel : commemorating the Congregation's fiftieth anniversary, 1884-1934
Texas - Houston Congregation Beth Israel Centenary history, Congregation Beth Israel of Houston, Texas, 1854-1954

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Temple Beth Israel -- Houston  (Image source Wikimedia Commons)


Virginia - Alexandria Temple Beth El Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 1859-1984.

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Beth Israel Synagogue, Roanoke (Image source Wikimedia Commons)