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 www.jewishmuseumnj.org. To RSVP for
the opening reception, email us at email@example.com or contact Max Herman at (973) 698-8489 or Phil Yourish at (973) 303-5294.