Congregation Talmud Torah Adereth El
Congregation Talmud Torah Adereth El, or Adereth El for short, is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue located at 133 East 29th Street, New York City, New York USA. Founded in 1857, it claims to be the oldest synagogue in its original location with continuous services at the same location.
The Adereth El synagogue was founded by German Jewish immigrants in the fall of 1857. The synagogue opened a building on its current site on 29th Street in 1863, having purchased the lot for $5,000. The present building, is the result of a 1945 renovation by architect Gustave Iser, followed by a 1994 renovation that " left little of the facade except the Star of David."
Before he died in June 2013 at 100 years of age, Rabbi Sidney Kleiman was both the longest-serving and oldest active congregational rabbi in the United States. Rabbi Kleiman served as the congregation's rabbi since 1939 until 1996, when Rabbi Gideon Shloush joined the synagogue and Rabbi Kleiman became rabbi emeritus.
Adereth El's current membership reflects the diversity of its neighborhood, Murray Hill. During the work week, many Jewish businessmen with nearby offices pray at the synagogue. The congregation now includes a number of young, single members due to the growing popularity of Murray Hill with this population. Of note, many Adereth El members are students and faculty at the nearby New York University (NYU) medical center. The synagogue’s proximity to the hospital also brings in many hospital patients’ visitors as guests at Adereth El services. In fact, the synagogue typically has multiple weekly baby-naming ceremonies due to the large number of labor and delivery visitors. Additionally, due to Adereth El’s location near Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, many Stern students regularly attend the synagogue’s services.
In 2007, the congregation marked its 150th anniversary with a series of celebrations. A lecture series highlighted the history of Jews in New York City. A gala dinner was held at the Battery Gardens Restaurant in Battery Park in March.
- Goldman, Michale. "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: EAST SIDE -- RELATIONS; Illness Bonds Rabbi and Mentor", The New York Times, July 11, 1999. Accessed April 13, 2008. "The prospect of beginning his career with Rabbi Kleiman at what synagogue officials say is the oldest continually used synagogue building in New York -- it was dedicated in 1864 -- was exciting and daunting, Rabbi Shloush said."
- Kleiman, Rabbi Sidney. "Adereth El History: 100th Anniversary Celebration." October 1957.
- From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship, David W. Dunlap, Columbia University Press, 2004, p. 270
- Moskowitz, Peter (27 Jan 2012). "Rabbi Sidney Kleiman, Longest-Serving Rabbi at Oldest Synagogue in New York, Turns 100". New York Daily News. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
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