6. Congregation Kol Israel

Congregation Ko Israel, a Sacred Sites spot in Brooklyn
Photo Courtesy of the New York Landmarks Conservancy

Congregation Kol Israel holds the title of the oldest continuously practicing Orthodox community in Brooklyn. Located in Crown Heights, the building was constructed in 1927. As with many synagogues, Congregation Kol Isreal struggled through the mid-20th century as Jewish families moved out of the area.

The congregation has persevered and is now led by a young rabbi who is trying new methods of attracting worshippers. Recently the synagogue began hosting creative events, such as Jewish Comic Con, to engage with the community. The building will be open for self-guided tours on Sunday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.