Astoria Center of Israel

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Astoria Center of Israel
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Astoria Center of Israel is located in New York City
Astoria Center of Israel
Astoria Center of Israel is located in New York
Astoria Center of Israel
Astoria Center of Israel is located in the United States
Astoria Center of Israel
Location27-35 Crescent Street,
Astoria, New York
Coordinates40°46′12.79″N 73°55′25.58″W / 40.7702194°N 73.9237722°W / 40.7702194; -73.9237722Coordinates: 40°46′12.79″N 73°55′25.58″W / 40.7702194°N 73.9237722°W / 40.7702194; -73.9237722
Arealess than one acre
Built1925–1926
ArchitectLouis Allen Abramson
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference #09000833 [1]
Added to NRHPOctober 16, 2009

The Astoria Center of Israel (1925–26) is a historic synagogue in Astoria, Queens, New York City, listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.

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-Torach center 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" Archived 2010-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, New York Landmarks Conservancy website. Accessed April 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b ACI website, "about" section Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved October 30, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d Obituary, "Joshua L. Goldberg, Jewish Chaplain, 98," New York Times, December 26, 1994