Moses Montefiore Congregation

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The Moses Montefiore Congregation is a synagogue in Bloomington, Illinois.

Although Jews had arrived in Bloomington by the 1850s, the synagogue was organized in 1884 and named for Sir Moses Montefiore. In 1889 the congregation dedicated a Moorish Revival synagogue building at the southeast corner of Monroe and Prairie Streets.[1] It is one of the relatively few surviving 19th century synagogue buildings in the United States.[2]

In 1959 the congregation moved ot a new building in the Fairway Knolls neighborhood.[1] As of 1996 the original building was being used as a church.[2]

In 2001 the building won the Adaptive Reuse Award from Landmarks Illinois.[3] The synagogue has been converted into a single family home.[4]

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  2. ^ a b [2] Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues, Mark Gordon, American Jewish History 84.1 (1996) 20-27
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