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Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island

Hosted By: The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

In Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, the author of the book Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island, Brad Kolodny has identified 219 active congregations but has photographed 385 buildings that currently are, or at one time were, used as a Jewish house of worship. In these buildings we see the variation in American synagogue design for functional and aesthetic reasons. Track the trajectory of popular styles throughout the 20th century and see how synagogue architecture reflects changes in Jewish community organization and Jewish identity. This comprehensive volume offers a look at all these synagogues and in so doing traces the history of Long Island’s Jewish religious life from 1896 to today as it continues to develop and evolve.

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The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC) is an educational non-profit, created in 1998, to preserve and support the Lower East Side’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures, and to raise public awareness of the neighborhoods distinct cultural identity. As the birthplace of American Jewish civilization, and the most iconic immigrant neighborhood in America, we share this history by taking people on walking tours which enter sacred sites, where you learn how past generations came here, lived and worshiped. Learn more about LESJC here.
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