Beth Hamidrash Hagadol


An exterior view of the former Beth Hamidrash Hagadol synagogue. Located in Morrisania, it is a remnant of an area that was redeveloped when the Forest Houses were constructed in the mid-fifties.
Beth Hamidrash is Hebrew for the house of study, specifically Talmudic study. Gadol simply means large. Jewish immigrants, especially from Lithuania often established synagogues with this name, a reminder of how they organized themselves in the ‘old country.’ The congregation was founded in 1904, and the building dates from 1912. An inscription in the cornice lists the equivalent Hebrew year. Sharon Baptist Church, which if I remember correctly was a branch of a church founded in Harlem, bought the building in 1957. 


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