Jewish Museum of New Jersey

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Ahavas Sholom
Ahavas Sholom Newark Front.JPG
Ahavas Sholom building in 2014
Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Jewish Museum of New Jersey
Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Jewish Museum of New Jersey
Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located in the US
Jewish Museum of New Jersey
Location 145 Broadway, Newark, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°45′19″N 74°10′12″W / 40.75528°N 74.17000°W / 40.75528; -74.17000Coordinates: 40°45′19″N 74°10′12″W / 40.75528°N 74.17000°W / 40.75528; -74.17000
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1923
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP Reference # 00001530[1]
NJRHP # [2]
Added to NRHP December 13, 2000

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey, at Ahavas Sholom, is located at 145 Broadway in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States.[3]

Founded in 2003, the museum's inaugural opening was in 2007. The historic building in the Broadway neighborhood is the longest continually operating synagogue in the city.[4] It was built in 1923 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. It is one of fifty synagogues that once stood in Newark, serving a Jewish population of 70,000, once the sixth largest Jewish community in the United States.

From the gallery space of the Museum, one has a view of the majestic Aron Kodesh, or Holy Ark. Constructed in the 1870s for Congregation Beth-El, later Rodeph Sholom, at their second location on Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street in New York City, the hand-carved wooden Aron Kodesh was installed at its present location in Newark in the 1920s and is the oldest in the state of New Jersey.[5]

The Museum creates and curates rotating and traveling exhibitions, utilizing photographs, paintings, panel displays, artifacts, text, music and multi-media. The Museum is open for special exhibits and programs, as well as by appointment.

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