2. The Bialystoker Synagogue Was Beautified in the Great Depression

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Despite the struggles during the Great Depression, the Bialystoker Synagogue decided to undertake a beautification program for the building during this era. According to the synagogue website, “During the Great Depression, a decision was made to beautify the main sanctuary, to provide a sense of hope and inspiration to the community.” The WPA-era Lobster mural comes from this time period.
Today 300 families still belong to the Bialystoker Synagogue, and it is one of only five active synagogues on the Lower East Side.