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November 27, 2016 to February 15, 2017






A new exhibit titled “The Synagogues of Newark: Where we gathered and prayed, studied and celebrated” opens at The Jewish Museum of New Jersey on Sunday November 27th.
Based on extensive archival research, 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. 
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. 
An opening reception will take place from 1-5 pm on Sunday, November 27th with words of introduction from members of the research team and reflections from some of the children and grandchildren of rabbis whose parents or grandparents served as rabbis of Newark’s synagogues. The exhibit will continue on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. through February 15th, 2017.

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located at historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom, 145 Broadway, Newark.  Free off-street parking.  Suggested donation is $10.


For more information about the exhibition or the programs, see our website  To RSVP for the opening reception, email us at or contact Max Herman at (973) 698-8489 or Phil Yourish at (973) 303-5294.