Temple B'Nai Abraham

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Deliverence Evangelistic Center
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Temple B'Nai Abraham is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Temple B'Nai Abraham
Temple B'Nai Abraham is located in New Jersey
Temple B'Nai Abraham
Temple B'Nai Abraham is located in the United States
Temple B'Nai Abraham
Location621 Clinton Avenue, Newark, New Jersey
Coordinates40°43′23″N 74°12′25″W / 40.72306°N 74.20694°W / 40.72306; -74.20694Coordinates: 40°43′23″N 74°12′25″W / 40.72306°N 74.20694°W / 40.72306; -74.20694
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
ArchitectMyers, Nathan
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference No.07000358[1]
NJRHP No.[2]
Added to NRHPApril 26, 2007

Temple B'nai Abraham is a synagogue in Livingston, New Jersey. It was established in Newark in 1853.

Its historic 1924 building at 621 Clinton Avenue in was designed by Newark architect Nathan Myers, who later designed the iconic Hersch Tower in Elizabeth, New Jersey .[3] In 1973, the congregation moved to Livingston and sold the building to the Deliverance Evangelistic Center, a Pentecostal Church. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Dr. Joachim Prinz, the rabbi from 1939 to 1976, modernized the ritual and introduced his own prayer book. Dr. Prinz, who had escaped Nazi Germany in 1937, became a vocal civil rights leader in the United States, known globally for his moving rhetoric. His successor, Rabbi Barry Friedman introduced further innovations in the services and wrote and edited the prayer book Siddur Or Chadash. In 1999, Rabbi Clifford Kulwin became the synagogue's fourth religious leader in 98 years. Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg became the next senior rabbi in 2019. For much of the 20th Century, Temple B'nai Abraham identified itself as a traditional progressive congregation, independent of the organized synagogue movements.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places – Essex County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Historic Preservation Office. April 1, 2010. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "THE ELIZABETH FORUM 2014". Elizabeth Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  4. ^ "Our History | Temple B'nai Abraham".
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2016-06-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)