Location within Washington, D.C.
|Location||2801 N Street NW
|Area||Georgetown Historic District|
|Architectural style||Spanish Colonial Revival Style|
|Part of||Georgetown Historic District (#67000025)|
|Added to NRHP||May 28, 1967|
Kesher Israel (also known as The Georgetown Synagogue) is an Orthodox synagogue located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Writer and professor Barry Freundel is the Congregation's rabbi.
Kesher Israel was founded in 1910, thus becoming the seventh synagogue organized in Washington, D.C. In 1915, the Congregation acquired, renovated, and began to meet in a building on the location of the present synagogue, located at 2801 N Street, NW, which was constructed in 1931. The synagogue is a contributing property to the Georgetown Historic District, a National Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The synagogue gained notoriety when its Rabbi, Philip Yerucham Fishel Aryeh Rabinowitz, was murdered in his home on March 2, 1984.
During the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Kesher Israel attracted media attention when a member, Senator Joseph Lieberman, was selected as the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States. When the Senate schedules important votes on Shabbat, Lieberman walks nearly five miles from the synagogue to the United States Capitol, a trek made over 25 times during his Senate career.
- Peter Beinart
- Laura Blumenfeld
- Warren Cikins
- Hadassah Lieberman 
- Joseph Lieberman
- Leon Wieseltier
- Herman Wouk
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