A Discerning Eye: Highlights From the Judaica Collection of Daniel M. Friedenberg
Consecration of a Jewish Synagogue
(Central Synagogue, New York)
Hand-colored lithograph
New York, 1872

Enlarge image

Central Synagogue, a Reform congregation situated in Manhattan on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 55th Street, is a landmark on the American Jewish landscape. It was founded in 1846 by Bohemian Jews on the Lower East Side. Its cornerstone was laid on December 14, 1870 by Reform leader Dr. Isaac Mayer Wise. The building was designed in the Moorish revival style by one of the first Jewish American architects, Henry Fernbach. This print depicts the consecration of the synagogue building in 1872. The magnificent Central Synagogue is one of the oldest and largest American synagogues still in use today.