Congregation Chasam Sopher

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Congregation Chasam Sopher
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Synagogue entrance
Basic information
Location 10 Clinton Street
Lower East Side, New York City
Geographic coordinates 40°43′15″N 73°59′02″W / 40.720913°N 73.983843°W / 40.720913; -73.983843Coordinates: 40°43′15″N 73°59′02″W / 40.720913°N 73.983843°W / 40.720913; -73.983843
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Country United States of America
Status Active
Leadership Rabbi: Azriel Siff
Architectural description
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Completed 1853

Congregation Chasam Sopher is an Orthodox synagogue located at 10 Clinton Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

It was formed in 1892 by the merger of two congregations of immigrants from Poland. It occupies a historic Romanesque Revival synagogue building built in 1853 by Congregation Rodeph Sholom. It is among the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States, the second-oldest synagogue building in New York, and the oldest still in use in the state.[1]

Renovation of the upstairs, completed in 2006, included conservation of the Torah ark, the installation of new stained-glass windows, and stripping the interior of paint to expose the original wood. The outside was also landscaped, creating a garden for the neighborhood.[2]

The synagogue is "[p]ractically next door" to the Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant.[3]

As of 2011, the rabbi was Azriel Siff.[4]


  1. ^ Gordon, Mark W. "Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues", American Jewish History, 84.1, 1996, pp. 11–27.
  2. ^ Austerlitz, Saul. "Synagogues tell story of Lower East Side's past", The Boston Globe, October 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Asimov, Eric. "And to Think that I Ate it on Clinton Street", The New York Times, April 10, 2002.
  4. ^ Leadership, Chasam Sofer website. Accessed May 14, 2011.

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