Beth Joseph Synagogue is a Jewish congregation and historic synagogue, located in Tupper Lake, Franklin County, New York, in the United States. The synagogue is open only in the summer months; and it houses a small Jewish museum. The congregation has traditionally practiced in the Ashkenazi rite.

Beth Joseph Synagogue
The synagogue, in 2008
RiteNusach Ashkenaz
Ecclesiastical or organisational status
StatusActive (summer only)
Location59 Lake Street, Tupper Lake, New York 12986
CountryUnited States
Beth Joseph Synagogue is located in New York Adirondack Park
Beth Joseph Synagogue
Location in the Adirondacks, New York
Geographic coordinates44°13′29″N 74°27′55″W / 44.22472°N 74.46528°W / 44.22472; -74.46528
TypeSynagogue architecture
Date establishedc. 1890s (as a congregation)
MaterialsClapboard; timber frame
Beth Joseph Synagogue
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference No.88001441
Added to NRHPSeptember 1, 1988



As a congregation, Beth Joseph was established in the late 1800s by Yiddish–speaking Eastern European Jewish immigrants, including those from Russia and Lithuania, who were peddlers, and wealthy German Jews from New York City, who took summer vacations in the area.[2] By 1899 the Jewish community acquired land to build a synagogue and in the summer of that year, before construction began, a major fire devastated many of buildings in Tupper Lake. The new synagogue building, completed in 1905, was part of a building resurgence.[3]

The synagogue building was built in 1906, and is a 2+12-story, three-bay by five-bay, vernacular Italianate style frame building. It is sheathed in clapboard and has a false front that hides a steep gable roof. The front façade features a "sun dial" arch and rose window, round arched windows, and square corner towers.[4][5]: 2, 4–5 

Decling membership forced the synagogue to close in 1963,[3][2] and it was restored and reopened from the mid-1980s, for summer services only.[3]

It is the oldest congregation in the Adirondack Mountains.

The synagogue building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Chiat, Marilyn J. (1997). "Beth Joseph Synagogue". America's Religious Architecture: Sacred Places for Every Community. John Wiley & Sons. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-471-14502-8. Retrieved February 4, 2024 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c "Beth Joseph". Synagogue360. 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  4. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on April 4, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Hyde, Gilbert F.; Garofalini, Lynn (December 2004). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Beth Joseph Synagogue" (PDF). Retrieved November 1, 2015. and Accompanying photographs