List of synagogues in the United States

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This is a list of notable synagogues in the United States.

By state and territory[edit]

(then by town or other locality)

Alabama[edit]

Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alaska[edit]

Arizona[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

in Los Angeles
in San Francisco
Statewide

Colorado[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

Delaware[edit]

  • Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware is the oldest congregation in the state.[citation needed]

District of Columbia[edit]

Florida[edit]

  • Bet Shira Congregation, Miami
  • Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, and Temple Beth-El in Pensacola each has claims to being the oldest Jewish congregation in Florida. The Jacksonville congregation was meeting for prayer by 1867, but appears to have incorporated later than Pensacola which dedicated its first building in 1876, well before Jacksonville's 1882 building.
  • The United Hebrews of Ocala building built in 1888 may be the oldest Florida synagogue building still standing.
  • Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor, FL

Georgia[edit]

Hawaii[edit]

Idaho[edit]

  • Ahavath Beth Israel, Boise, Idaho (1896).[2] The synagogue was built for Beth Israel (founded 1895). In the 1980s, the congregation was formed as a merger of Congregation Beth Israel and Ahavath Israel (founded 1912).

Illinois[edit]

  • KAM Isaiah Israel merged several older congregations in Chicago, the oldest of which - Kehillat Anshe Maarav - was founded in 1047.
  • Emanuel Congregation in Chicago, IL was founded in 1880, located in the Edgewater neighborhood since 1956.

Indiana[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Temple Emanuel in Davenport, Iowa
  • Temple Judah (Reform) (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • B'nai Israel Synagogue (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
  • Temple Emanuel of Davenport was formed as B’Nai Israel Congregation on October 21, 1861. It is Iowa's oldest Jewish congregation still in existence.[4]
  • B'nai Israel Congregation (defunct) (Keokuck, Iowa)was the first permanent Jewish house of worship in Iowa. In 1855 the Jewish population in Keokuk grew large enough to form a Minyan, and Congregation B’nai Israel ( Children of Israel) was formed. The congregation initially rented space for religious worship at the corner of Main and 7th streets. A permanent synagogue was constructed at 8th and Blondeau streets in 1877. The building was sold, in 1938, to the Keokuk Gospel Center. In 1957 it was torn down.
  • Congregation Anshe Izchak (defunct) (Burlington, Iowa) was organized in 1902 for the purpose of "the promotion of the Jewish Orthodox religion." The congregation bought an old school building from St. Johns Parochial school at 617 Division Street between 6th and 7th Streets.
  • B'nai Jacob Synagogue (Ottumwa, Iowa)
  • B'Nai Israel (defunct) (Centerville, Iowa) was organized in 1892, and that same year land was purchased for a cemetery. The synagogue was built in 1894, and in the 1980s what remained of the congregation disbanded and the building was sold.
  • B'nai Moses Congregation (defunct) (Muscatine, Iowa) was established in 1890 as the Congregation of Israel of Moses Meier. A number of their records are presently held by the American Jewish Historical Society.

Kansas[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

Maine[edit]

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Adams Street Shul, Newton, Massachusetts

Michigan[edit]

Missouri[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

Windows reformed from broken glass, at Congregation Beth Israel (Meridian, Mississippi)

Montana[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

Nevada[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

  • Temple Adath Yeshurun of Manchester, founded in 1891, is the oldest synagogue in New Hampshire.[citation needed]

New Jersey[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

North Dakota[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

  • Sha'are Zedeck, built in 1952, is the oldest synagogue in Puerto Rico.[citation needed]
  • Temple Beth Shalom, built 1967, is the Reform Synagogue in Puerto Rico

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

K.K. Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina

South Dakota[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

Utah[edit]

Vermont[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Virgin Islands (USA)[edit]

Washington[edit]

Temple Beth Am in Seattle WA

West Virginia[edit]

Ohev Sholom Temple, Huntington, West Virginia

Wisconsin[edit]

Wyoming[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.dothansynagogue.org/
  2. ^ Synagogue architecture in America: faith, spirit & identity By Henry Stolzman, Daniel Stolzman [1]
  3. ^ Oldest Synagogue in Indiana Celebrates 100th Anniversary; Special Sermons Scheduled "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  4. ^ Temple Emanuel celebrates 150 years
  5. ^ Temple B'Nai Jeshurun - Jewish Amer. Society for Historic Preservation
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ a b c http://www.americanjewisharchives.org/aja/FindingAids/TempleEmeth.html
  10. ^ Jewish Synagogues in Oklahoma City