SYNAGOGUES of MANHATTAN and the BRONX by Oscar Israelowitz
Explore the Jewish histories of two great NYC boroughs. See the early settlements of New Amsterdam and the oldest congregation in North America, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. We continue with some of the oldest congregations in Manhattan including, Temple Emanu-El, the Central Synagogue and Rodeph Sholom. There are discussions about two sister Jewish communities of the Lower East Side and Jewish Harlem. We will see the Eldridge Street Synagogue, which is now a museum and National Historic Landmark, and the Bialystoker Synagogue, with its connection to the Underground Railroad, as well as Temple Israel of Harlem and the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek with its world-renowned cantor, Yossele Rosenblatt.
Our tour continues to the Bronx where we will see the Grand Concourse, once called the Champs-Elysées of the Bronx, where the well-heeled folks lived. We will see the former Adath Israel, Montefiore Congregation, and the Tremont Temple, plus beautiful Art Deco apartment buildings designed by Jewish architects, include the Fish Building and the Park Plaza Apartments.
This is a one-hour Power Point program and is followed by a question and answer period.
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