Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Sources

Sources for American Jewish History Articles on 19th Century Synagogues


Rachel Wischnitzer, Synagogue Architecture in the United States: History and Interpretation (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1955)

Bernard Postal and Lionel Koppman, American Jewish Landmarks: A Travel Guide and History – Volumes I – IV (New York City: Fleet Press Corporation, 1977-1986)

American Jewish Yearbooks (Philadelphia: American Jewish Publication Society, 1900-01, 1907-08)

Lauren Weingarden Rader, “Synagogue Architecture in Illinois”, Faith and Form: Synagogue Architecture in Illinois (Chicago: Spertus College of Judaica Press, 1976), 37

Gerald R. Wolfe, The Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side (New York City: New York University Press, 1978)

Dalia Tawil et al., The Changing Faces of New York Synagogues – 1730-1974 (New York City: Yeshiva University Museum Catalog #5, undated)

William A. Rosenthall, The American Synagogue in the Nineteenth Century (Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives, 1982)

Oscar Israelowitz, Guide to Jewish U.S.A. – Volumes I - II and Synagogues of the United States (New York City: Israelowitz Publishing, 1987-1992)

David F. Ransom, “One Hundred Years of Jewish Congregations in Connecticut: An Architectural Survey – 1843-1943”, Connecticut Jewish History – Vol. 2, No. 1 (West Hartford: The Greater Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, 1991), 7

Earl Pruce, Synagogues, Temples and Congregations in Maryland1830-1990 (Baltimore: The Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, 1993)

Lee Shai Weissback, The Synagogues of Kentucky: Architecture and History (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1995)

Ava F. Kahn and Marc Dollinger, editors, California Jews (Waltham, MA and Lebanon, NH: Brandeis University Press, 2003)

Julian H. Preisler, Historic Synagogues of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2009)

Wendy Soltz, “What Has Become of the Historic Synagogues of Indiana?”, Forward (New York City, October 3, 2014), 13

Samuel D. Gruber, “In Texas, a Synagogue is Trucked to Its New City”, Tablet Magazine (New York City: Nextbook Inc., December, 2014)

Various, Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities (Jackson, MS: Institute of Southern Jewish Life)

English-language Jewish encyclopedias:  Jewish Encyclopedia, The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Judaica