Temple of Israel Synagogue (Queens)

The Temple of Israel Synagogue is a historic former Reform Jewish congregation and synagogue located at 88 Beach 84th Street, Rockaway, Queens, New York City, New York, United States. The synagogue was "built in 1921 to replace an earlier synagogue that was destroyed by fire."[2] In 2002 the building was acquired by Haven Ministries and used as a non-denominational Pentecostal church.[3][4]: 3, 14 

Temple of Israel Synagogue
The former synagogue, now church, in 2015
Ecclesiastical or organisational status
  • Closed (as a synagogue);
  • Repurposed (as a church)
Location1-88 Beach 84th Street, Rockaway, Queens, New York City, New York 11693
CountryUnited States
Temple of Israel Synagogue (Queens) is located in New York City
Temple of Israel Synagogue (Queens)
Location of the former synagogue, now church, in New York City
Geographic coordinates40°35′14″N 73°48′34″W / 40.58722°N 73.80944°W / 40.58722; -73.80944
TypeSynagogue architecture
Date established1894 (as a congregation)
  • 1900 (wooden synagogue)
  • 1922 (brick synagogue)
Temple of Israel Synagogue
Area0.18 acres (0.073 ha)
NRHP reference No.13001156
Added to NRHPFebruary 5, 2014

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.[1]



Established as a congregation in 1894, as Beth Israel or Temple Israel, the initial wooden synagogue, at 10 South Fairview Avenue, was constructed in 1900.[5] Destroyed by fire on December 18, 1920, a replacement synagogue building located in the Oakley Park subdivision was completed in September 1922, located on the same site (as the street had been renamed).[6] It is a two-story, rectangular, steel frame and brick building in the Classical Revival style. The front gable façade features an elaborate main entry with Ionic order stone columns. The synagogue closed in 2001.

Subsequent to having closed as a synagogue, the building has been used as a Pentecostal church since 2002, occupied by Haven International Ministries.[3][7]


  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/09/13 through 12/13/13. National Park Service. February 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation" (Press release). State of New York. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "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 December 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Crowley, Jason; Mackay, Linda (October 2013). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Temple of Israel Synagogue" (PDF). Retrieved December 1, 2015. See also: "Accompanying photos".
  5. ^ Ellman, Barbara (2014). "Synagogues of The Rockaways". Kehila Links. Jewish Gen. Retrieved March 6, 2024.
  6. ^ "188 BEACH 84TH ST, Far Rockaway, NY 11693 - Property & Neighborhood Report | Homefacts".
  7. ^ Paonessa, Laurie (July 9, 2022). "Temple of Israel". Clio: Your Guide to History. Retrieved March 5, 2024.