Anshe Sfard

Anshe Sfard is a synagogue in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The congregation was founded by Hasidic Jews from Lithuania.[1] The congregation today is Modern Orthodox.[2] and is located in a historic building at 2230 Carondelet Street. Anshe Sfard's 1925 building features a barrel-vaulted ceiling ribbed with beams studded with electric light bulbs. This decorative feature was common at the time, inspired by the great excitement over the newly invented incandescent bulb. The Rundbogenstil exterior is brick, with triple arched Neo-Byzantine doors.[3][4]

After Hurricane Katrina, Anshe Sfard was damaged and did not reopen until 2006. The synagogue's Torah scrolls were rescued during Hurricane Katrina.[5]

The congregation, located a short walk from downtown hotels in the beautiful Garden District, welcomes tourists and business travelers to attend services.[6]


  1. ^ Lachoff, Irwin; Kahn, Catherine C. (2005). The Jewish Community of New Orleans. Charleston, SC: Arcadia. p. 8. ISBN 9780738518350.
  2. ^ Anshe Sfard website. Accessed March 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Israelowitz, Oscar (1992). Synagogues of the United States. Brooklyn, NY: Israelowitz Pub. p. 88. ISBN 9781878741110.
  4. ^ "Orthodox Congregations - New Orleans, Louisiana". Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities. Goldring / Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. 2014. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Wiemer, Liza M. (October 14, 2005). "Milwaukee native helps Louisiana Jews survive and endure hurricane's aftermath". The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Sheldon, Betsy. The Jewish Travel Guide, Hunter Publishing, 2001, p. 221.

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Coordinates: 29°56′04″N 90°04′55″W / 29.93432°N 90.08184°W / 29.93432; -90.08184