Astoria Center of Israel

The Astoria Center of Israel is a non-denominational Jewish synagogue located at 27-35 Crescent Street, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, United States.

Astoria Center of Israel
Notable featureMurals by Louis Pierre Rigal
Location27-35 Crescent Street, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York
CountryUnited States
Astoria Center of Israel is located in New York City
Astoria Center of Israel
Location in New York City
Geographic coordinates40°46′12.79″N 73°55′25.58″W / 40.7702194°N 73.9237722°W / 40.7702194; -73.9237722
Architect(s)Louis Allen Abramson
StyleClassical Revival
Date establishedc. 1880s (as a congregation)
Astoria Center of Israel
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference No.09000833
Added to NRHPOctober 16, 2009

The congregation's forbears date from the 1880s. Completed in 1926, the Classical Revival historic building was listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places in October 2009.

Design edit

The Astoria Center was designed by architect Louis Allen Abramson as one of the earliest synagogues in Queens. The building features a brick façade, two stories tall, and five bays wide. The trim is cast stone, and features double-height Ionic piers flanking round-arched windows. The piers support an entablature and are topped by a balustrade. Its round-arched entrance is topped with a cartouche, within which is inscribed a Star of David.[2]

Among the synagogue's features is a set of murals by French artist Louis Pierre Rigal, added a few years after the building was completed.[2]

History edit

The roots of the Astoria Center of Israel can be traced back to Jewish congregation Mishkan Israel, begun sometime in the 1880s, constructing a building in 1906. In 1921 that congregation built a Talmud Torah next to its first building, where education could "implant in our children a love and reverence for our noble tradition." That education building later became the home of the Astoria Center of Israel, with the original Mishkan Israel building later destroyed in a fire.[3]

In 1926, efforts were begun to enlarge the building that housed the new Astoria Center of Israel, and by 1929 ACI "had become a fully operational 'Center' of Jewish life in Queens." It was added to the National and State Registers of Historic Places in 2009.[3]

Rabbis edit

In 1926, Rabbi Joshua L. Goldberg became the center's first rabbi.[4] He had been drafted into the Russian Army during World War I, fled to the United States to enlist and serve with American forces in Europe, then returned to New York to attend rabbinical school and become a rabbi.[4] With the outbreak of World War II, Goldberg returned to the U.S. military, this time as a chaplain, as the first rabbi to serve with the U.S. Navy in World War II.[4] In 1951, he was named rabbi emeritus of ACI.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Conservancy holds exclusive tour of historic Queens Synagogues". New York Landmarks Conservancy. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "About ACI". Astoria Center of Israel. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d "Joshua L. Goldberg, Jewish Chaplain, 98". The New York Times. December 26, 1994.

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