From the 1880’s until the beginning of World War I, Harlem was the third largest Jewish community in the world. Its Jewish population was only exceeded by that of Warsaw, Poland, and the Lower East Side, New York City. Discover and marvel at Harlem’s grand synagogues, splendid row houses, and Parisian-style apartments that still stand as reminders of Harlem’s once flourishing Jewish cultural heritage.
Stop to examine and hear stories of the Ethiopian Hebrew Synagogue, “The Commandment Keepers.” Another must see is the former Temple Israel, one of the most prestigious synagogues in the City during the first quarter of the 20th Century. Gaze at the home and synagogue of Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, considered the uncrowned king of cantorial music. Wander by the former homes of music and theater icons Richard Rodgers and actress Gertrude Berg of “Molly Goldberg” radio fame.