Did you know Harlem was once the second largest Jewish community in the United States, and the third largest in the world?
In 1917, it was home to more than 175,000 Jews. Join urban historian Marty Shore as he leads Untapped Cities readers through the sites of Jewish religious life in the remarkable urban settlement of Harlem on Sunday, May 8th at 2pm. Discover and marvel at Harlem’s grand synagogues, splendid row houses, and Parisian-style apartments that still stand as reminders of Harlem’s once flourishing Jewish cultural heritage.
Stop to examine and hear stories of the Ethiopian Hebrew Synagogue, “The Commandment Keepers.” Another must see is the former Temple Israel, one of the most prestigious synagogues in the City during the first quarter of the 20th Century. Gaze at the home and synagogue of Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, considered the uncrowned king of cantorial music. Wander by the former homes of music and theater icons Richard Rodgers and actress Gertrude Berg of “Molly Goldberg” radio fame. You will also walk by the former homes of Temple Israel of Harlem and Congregation Shaarei Zedek,
Tour is approximately 3 hours with easy walking. Below are additional images of former synagogues (now churches) which you will see on this tour.
Check out our other upcoming Untapped Cities tours, including tours of the Players Club, the Woolworth Building, and more.