Beth Israel Synagogue (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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Beth Israel Synagogue
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Beth Israel Synagogue (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Beth Israel Synagogue (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′9″N 71°5′48″W / 42.36917°N 71.09667°W / 42.36917; -71.09667Coordinates: 42°22′9″N 71°5′48″W / 42.36917°N 71.09667°W / 42.36917; -71.09667
Built 1901
Architect Douglass,Nathan
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Private
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference # 82001921
Added to NRHP April 13, 1982

Beth Israel Synagogue is a historic Jewish synagogue at 238 Columbia Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The synagogue was built in 1901 by Nathan Douglass. Congregation Anshai Sfard merged into it in 1957.[1] In 1962 Beth Israel and Temple Ashkenaz merged to form Temple Beth Shalom of Cambridge and the new congregation chose to use the Temple Ashkenaz building on Tremont Street in Cambridge.[2] The Beth Israel building, no longer used as a synagogue, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The former synagogue building currently houses condominium units.[3]

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  1. ^ Life Magazine, June 24, 1957, Old Rite Unites Temples: Two Orthodox Synagogues Merge in Cambridge, Mass., p. 85
  2. ^ A Century of Shalom: An Exhibit on The History of the Jewish Community in Cambridge
  3. ^