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B'nai Israel Synagogue

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B'nai Israel Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location 39° 17′ 25″ N, 76° 36′ 4″ W
Phone number (410) 732-5454
Country United States
City Baltimore, MD
Address 27 Lloyd St, Baltimore, MD

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website http://www.bnaiisraelcongregation.org/
Geographical Coordinates 39.29036,-76.60115


Summary

B'nai Israel is a Modern Orthodox synagogue located in the historic Jonestown neighborhood of east downtown Baltimore. It is among the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States.

General

It is noted for its Moorish Revival architecture. The Aron Kodesh is an architectural fantasy in carved wood, with the cabinet in which the Torah scrolls are stored flanked by a pair of tall minarets.

The congregation was founded in 1873. The present building was erected in 1876. It was later sold in 1895 to the B'nai Israel "Sons of Israel" congregation which was chartered as a "Russian Congregation" by its predominantly Russian-Jewish congregants, though many congregants were of Polish-Jewish descent as well. B'nai Israel is one of two synagogues in the collection of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.


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