Guide to the Lower East Side Synagogues Collection,

Processed by Rachel Brill

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 294-6160



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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel Brill in 2018. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wallach, Eric
Title: Lower East Side Synagogues Collection
Abstract: This collection of Lower East Side synagogues focuses mainly on the Stanton Street Shul, containing records of the synagogue’s activities and the attempted sale of the building in 2001. The collection also contains photographs and newspaper articles related to Lower East Side synagogues more generally, as well as audiovisual material.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 4 folders in a consolidated box + 11 mini-DVs and 1 audiocassette
Identification: I-603
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

The Lower East Side of Manhattan has been a hub of Jewish life since the mid-19th century, when many Eastern European Jewish immigrants settled in the area. At its peak around 1910, the majority of the Lower East Side’s 373,057 inhabitants were Jews, and the neighborhood housed dozens of synagogues.1

This collection relating to Lower East Side synagogues focuses mainly on the Stanton Street Shul. The Stanton Street Shul, also known as Congregation Bnai Jacob Anshei Brzezan or the Stanton Street Synagogue, was founded in 1913 and remains active. In 2001, the synagogue’s former rabbi, Joseph Singer, covertly arranged to sell the building to a Jesuit organization, the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped. The synagogue’s congregation fought against the sale, taking the case to the New York State Supreme Court, where the case was settled in the congregation’s favor.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains documents relating to Singer’s attempted sale of the Stanton Street Shul; records of the Stanton Street Shul’s activities, including its Constitution, and items concerning synagogue news and events, including flyers, calendars, and a newsletter; and photographs and newspaper articles related to Lower East Side synagogues more generally. Furthermore, the collection contains one audiocassette and eleven mini-DVs, which have been separated into the audiovisual collection. The mini-DVs have not been transferred to a viewable format and are currently not accessible.

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The collection is arranged into a single series: Lower East Side Synagogue Collection

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility. At this time the mini-DVs are not viewable, though the audiocassette can be listened to with the approval of the Director of Collections.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at 24 hours in advance of needing access.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

Congregation Shearith Israel Records, undated, 1755-1996, I-4 contains information about another important New York synagogue.

Subject files collection, undated, various dates, I-424 has information on several synagogues throughout the U.S.

In addition, the AJHS holds various collections on small and large congregations throughout the United States.

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Separated Material

Audiovisual materials (one audiocassette and eleven mini-DVs) were moved to AVC 107. See Container List for more information.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Lower East Side Synagogues Collection; I-603; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Eric Wallach donated the collection in 2017.

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Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.


Series I: Lower East Side Synagogue Collection, 2001-2011

In English.
4 folders in a consolidated box.

Arranged by subject and type of material.

Scope and Content:

See CollectionScope and Content Note.

11Stanton Street Shul—Attempted Sale2001-2004request_box
12Stanton Street Shul—Records2001-2011request_box
13Newspaper clippings2002-2011request_box
AVC 1072017.035.001LES Synagogues—#2 Clayton/Crotona PK #2 (Mini DV)request_box
AVC 1072017.035.002LES Synagogues—#9 Time Warner AOL 59th (Mini DV)request_box
AVC 1072017.035.003LES Synagogues—#5 Where Are They (Mini DV)request_box
AVC 1072017.035.004LES Synagogues—#002 LES Synagogues 9/26/2003 6th Street Warshauer Synagogue on Rivington; 7th Day Adventists on Delancey and Christie (Mini DV) request_box
AVC 1072017.035.005LES Synagogues—#4 LES Synagogues 1st Moses Marder (Mini DV) request_box
AVC 1072017.035.006LES Synagogues—#6 Ralph (Mini DV)request_box
AVC 1072017.035.007LES Synagogues—#3 LES Synagogues (Mini DV)request_box
AVC 1072017.035.008LES Synagogues—#1 Clayton Patterson 8th St Syn Razeil (?) 2nd 8th St. shul (Mini DV) request_box
AVC 1072017.035.009LES Synagogues—#001 LES Synagogues 5764 Stanton St; 2nd St. 7th St., 8th St., 1st St., 6th St. (Mini DV) request_box
AVC 1072017.035.010LES Synagogues—#7 The LES Synagogues (Mini DV)request_box
AVC 1072017.035.011LES Synagogues—#8 Marder Synagogue (Mini DV) request_box
AVC 1072017.035.012LES Synagogues—Stanton Synagogue (Audiocassette)request_box
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