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Prince Street Synagogue [Congregation Oheb Shalom]
Newark, Essex County

  

Saved at the last moment from the wrecking ball, this is the last remaining synagogue in Essex county built in the 19th century. It was built in 1884 for the Oheb Shalom congregation, the second oldest Jewish congregation in the city. According to old records, it had a seating capacity of 1,500, which seems to me rather more than it appears it could hold.
      In 1939 it was sold to the Metropolitan Baptist Church, who used it until 1993. The style is a combination of Moorish and Romanesque, and efforts are now being made to restore it as an environmental center.

 

 

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