Jewish Museum of New Jersey

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Ahavas Sholom
Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Jewish Museum of New Jersey
Location 145 Broadway, Newark, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°45′19″N 74°10′12″W / 40.75528°N 74.17000°W / 40.75528; -74.17000Coordinates: 40°45′19″N 74°10′12″W / 40.75528°N 74.17000°W / 40.75528; -74.17000
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1923
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 00001530[1]
NJRHP # [2]
Added to NRHP December 13, 2000

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey, at Ahavas Sholom, is located at 145 Broadway in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States.[3]

Founded in 2003, the museum's inaugural opening was in 2007. The historic building in the Broadway neighborhood is the longest continually operating synagogue in the city.[4] It was built in 1923 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. It is one of fifty synagogues that once stood in Newark, serving a Jewish population of 70,000, once the sixth largest Jewish community in the United States.

From the gallery space of the Museum, one has a view of the majestic Aron Kodesh, or Holy Ark. Constructed in the 1870s for Congregation Beth-El, later Rodeph Sholom, at their second location on Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street in New York City, the hand-carved wooden Aron Kodesh was installed at its present location in Newark in the 1920s and is the oldest in the state of New Jersey.[5]

The Museum creates and curates rotating and traveling exhibitions, utilizing photographs, paintings, panel displays, artifacts, text, music and multi-media. The Museum is open for special exhibits and programs, as well as by appointment.

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