Burnside Jewish Center


Residents of Morris Heights founded the Burnside Jewish Center in 1926 and named it for one of the main streets┬áin the neighborhood. However, the synagogue is located on Grand Avenue, home to my grandfather and his family in the mid-thirties and Jennifer Lopez, before her family moved to her ‘block’ in Castle Hill. Rabbi Leo H. Shayovich, born in Transylvania, led the Burnside Jewish Center for decades.┬áIn 1975, BJC was sold to the Mennonite Church. The Ten Commandments, often a motif in synagogue architecture remains at the building’s entrance.


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