Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Seven Brooklyn Synagogues Considered for NY State Register of Historic Places

At least seven historic Brooklyn synagogues and one church are being considered for listing on the New York State Register of Historic Places
As reported by the Historic Districts Council (HDC) this week, the synagogues are among several buildings, districts and sites that will be discussed at the Sept. 15 meeting of the the New York State Review Board for Historic Preservation, which meets quarterly to evaluate and vote on the nominated sites.

According to Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the HDC, the following Brooklyn sites are among those under consideration:
  • Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, 550 Ocean Parkway, Parkville.
  • Shaari Zedek (Congregation Ahavath Achim) Synagogue (currently in use as St. Leonard’s Church), 767 Putnam Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant.
  • Kol Israel Synagogue, 603 St. John’s Place, Crown Heights.
  • Kingsway Jewish Center, 1485 E. 29th St., Marine Park.
  • Jewish Center of Kings Highway, 1202-1218 Avenue P, Ocean Parkway.
  • Young Israel of Flatbush, 1012 Avenue I, Midwood.
  • Temple Beth-El of Boro Park, 4802 15th Ave., Boro Park.
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a gubernatorial agency, assesses the site based on the following criteria:
  • It is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of local or national history; or
  • It is associated with the lives of persons significant to our history; or
  • It embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or represents the work of a master, or possess high artistic values, or represents a significant distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
  • It has yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.
Click here to read the entire article at the Brooklyn Eagle, or here to view the "Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn" recently published by Avotaynu.

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