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Opening again on May 18th at the

Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey

901 Route 10 in Whippany 

 

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A new exhibit titled “The Synagogues of Newark: Where we gathered and prayed, studied and celebrated” opened at The Jewish Museum of New Jersey on Sunday November 27th with nearly 100 people in attendance, including family members of Rabbi Herman Kahan, Rabbi Oscar Kline, Rabbi Mordecai Ehrenkranz, Rabbi Eli Pilchick, Rabbi Meyer Blumenfeld, and Rabbi Saul Zin.
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Based on extensive archival research in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey, this first of its kind exhibit presents information on over fifteen synagogues that served as centers of Jewish life in Newark during the first half of the 20th century, when the Jewish population of Newark numbered more than 60,000. The exhibit traces the lineage of each of these synagogues, their founders, their rabbis, key events, and the architectural features of the buildings.
Some of the synagogues featured in the exhibit have since relocated to the suburbs during the Jewish out-migration from Newark which began in the 1950s and accelerated during the 1960s. Several of the buildings that once housed these congregations now serve as Christian houses of worship. Others have been lost to neglect, disrepair and demolition.
Included in the exhibit are two slides shows:  Jewish in Newark - a presentation of famous, infamous, distinguished and notable Jewish individual who were born, raised or worked in Newark - and The Rabbis of Newark.
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This exhibit, sponsored by a grant from the Newark 350 Committee, seeks to bring the memory of these synagogues back to life, to preserve and celebrate their history as a significant part of Newark’s history. 
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After a 4-month exhibition at The Jewish Museum of New Jersey the "Synagogues of Newark" is moving to the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany for the upcoming Spring and Summer months.

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For more information about the exhibition or the programs, email us at jewishmuseumnj@gmail.com or contact Max Herman at (973) 698-8489 or Phil Yourish at (973) 303-5294.

 

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