gallin Remembrance of Synagogues Past - The Lost Civilization of the Jewish South Bronx
Synagogue Organized Dedicated
Concourse Center of Israel 1920 1924

Non-Synagogue Type
Love Gospel Assembly church

2315 Grand Concourse
at East 183
Bronx, NY 10468
The building is currently a church.

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Personal Impressions

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Sam Minskoff, the real estate mogul, was the chairman of the building committee. The synagogue was Orthodox but the men and women sat on the same level.

I went to Hebrew School at the synagogue. This was two afternoons and a Sunday morning which covered bible history (which I enjoyed).

During the High Holidays my father attended services and, as a preteenager, I would visit and sit with him periodically (This was not my bag.).

The first year, services for the High Holidays were held in a tent.

The synagogue accommodated 1500 people for services during the High Holidays. The Hebrew School had 175 students and 4 teachers.

The Dedication Program describes the laying of the cornerstone in 1921. Among the dignitaries was Mayor Hylan, Borough President Bruckner, Judge Gibbs, County Clerk Moran and Assemblyman Antin. Cantor Josef Rosenblatt led the choir.