Monday, May 11, 2015

1948-2015 North Baldwin Jewish Center, an end of a community

The Baldwin Jewish Center moved in to it's magnificent location in 1948. A large and impressive building, it had a large sanctuary and ballroom, classrooms and a library. At it's height, over 1,000 people would show up for the high holidays, overflowing the sanctuary in to the ballroom.

As with many Long Island Jewish Communities, the younger generation often chose to live elsewhere and as the older generation passed on, the synagogue was left barren. The property has since been sold and is now owned by a Catholic Church. Here are some photos of the synagogue that let you imagine what life there was like in it's heyday. Notice the antisemitic graffiti that has now found itself on the announcement board.

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