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Major Hartford Synagogues

February 19, 2006
By MARY M. DONOHUE, Courant Staff Writer

Chevry Lomday Mishnayes Synagogue, 148-150 Bedford St., now a Christian church.

Temple Beth Israel, 21 Charter Oak Ave., was state's first synagogue, then a Christian church, now a cultural center.

Kneset Israel Synagogue, 265 Enfield St., built as synagogue for a Russian Orthadox congregation, now Christian church.

Ateres Israel Synagogue, 30 Florence St., home converted to a synagogue in 1927, now a Christian church.

Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue, 370 Garden St., built as synagogue in 1922, now a Christian church.

Agudas Achim Synagogue, 221-225 Greenfield St., built in 1928 as a synagogue, then became First Baptist Church until it moved to Bloomfield as First Cathedral. Currently Calvary Chapel, a Christian church.

Emanuel Synagogue, 245 Greenfield St., Hartford's first Conservative synagogue, 1927, now Faith Seventh Day Adventist Church and school. Emanuel's first home was a former Christian church at 2084 Main St., now the home of Faith Congregational Church, a historic African American congregation.

Chevre Kadisha Teferes Israel Syngogue, 2 Mahl Ave. Built circa 1840 as a Greek Revival farmhouse, it became a synagogue in 1926. Used as a synagogue until 1956, it is now an African American lodge, Excelsior Lodge No.3, PHAF & AM.

Ados Israel, Market Street, built in 1898 and demolished in 1963. Second home was 215 Pearl St., built as First Unitarian Church in 1924. The final Jewish service for this congregation was in 1986.

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