Ahavas Sholem Synagogue

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Ahavas Sholem Synagogue, The White Street Shul
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Ahavas Sholem Synagogue is located in Connecticut
Ahavas Sholem Synagogue
Ahavas Sholem Synagogue is located in the US
Ahavas Sholem Synagogue
Location 30 White St., New Haven, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°17′54″N 72°56′25″W / 41.29833°N 72.94028°W / 41.29833; -72.94028Coordinates: 41°17′54″N 72°56′25″W / 41.29833°N 72.94028°W / 41.29833; -72.94028
Area less than one acre
Built 1928
Architectural style Classical Revival
MPS Historic Synagogues of Connecticut MPS
NRHP Reference # 95000559[1]
Added to NRHP May 11, 1995

The Ahavas Sholem Synagogue is a historic religious building at 30 White Street in New Haven, Connecticut. It was better known as the White Street Shul. It is a two-story structure built of brick and limestone in 1928 for a Jewish congregation established in 1912. The building has a particularly handsome Classical Revival facade, with limestone on the first level, which is continued on the second level around that floor's windows. A panel above the main entrance identifies the congregation and the year of the building's construction in the Hebrew calendar. Some of its original windows are incised with the Star of David, which is repeated in a pediment at the roof level. Jewish services were conducted here until the 1960s. The building is now used by the Church of Christ and is known as the Thomas Chapel.[2]

Ahavas Sholem Synagogue, detail of façade. Inscription reads: "Congregation Ahavas Sholem / Ashkenazi tradition / Founded in 5672 (1911–12). One of the founders and treasurer was Joseph Lurie"

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ David F. Ransom (August 26, 1994). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Listing, Historic Synagogues of Connecticut: Ahavas Sholem Synagogue / Thomas Chapel of the Church of Christ" (PDF). National Park Service.  (pages 86-92 omitting page 89) and Accompanying two photos (apparently from 1994?)