gallin Remembrance of Synagogues Past - The Lost Civilization of the Jewish South Bronx
Synagogue Organized Dedicated
Jewish Center of Highbridge 1927 1936

Non-Synagogue Type
La Synagoga Penta Rehoboth church

1178 Nelson
at West 167
Bronx, NY 10452
The building is currently a church.

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Personal Impressions

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I lived in the apartment on the third floor of the building next to the synagogue.

I wonder what happened to the remembrance plaques that were on the wall. My parents' names were on the plaques.

There were over 300 children in the Talmud Torah.

There was an active sisterhood which raised from $7,000 to $10,000 a year. There were card parties, luncheons and bazaars.

At the beginning, women sat upstairs but later everyone sat together. The synagogue changed with the times.

I was Bar Mitzvahed at the Jewish Center of Highbridge in 1964 by Rabbi Nathan Taragin.

I remember the great expansion of the Center - a temple auditorium addition, Hebrew School classrooms, etc.

In the 1940s I attended and graduated from the afternoon school. During that period, our rabbi was Rabbi Rabinowitz.

The rabbi was Rabbi Tarragon. My children went to Hebrew School and my son started before we moved to Coop City. A few of our friends and neighbors never treated us equally with people who lived in the other part of the community like Noonan Plaza, etc.