Old Ohavi Zedek Synagogue: Oldest in United States!

Today’s video is on the Old Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in the Old North End in Burlington, Vermont. It is currently the Ahavath Gerim Synagogue and is for sale for $650,000.

If you look at the Pomerleau Real Estate website, you’ll see some interior photographs including the gilded lions and pineapple finials I mention in the video.

“Old Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (Hebrew for “Lovers of Justice”) is a historic synagogue building at Archibald and Hyde Streets in Burlington, Vermont. It was built in 1885 for Ohavi Zedek, Vermont’s oldest Jewish congregation, and is currently occupied by Congregation Ahavath Gerim. The building, a distinctive vernacular interpretation of the Gothic Revival, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]

Founded in 1876,[2] Ohavi Zedek is the oldest Jewish congregation in Vermont. The congregation was founded by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, predominantly Lithuanian Jews. The congregation constructed this building in 1885, and in 1952 the congregation moved to its present home on North Prospect Street. This building was sold to Ahavath Gerim, a traditional egalitarian Conservative congregation.

The original Ohavi Zedek building stands at the corner of Archibald and Hyde Streets in Burlington’s Old North End neighborhood. It is a rectangular brick building with a gabled roof and Gothic Revival features. The front facade has arched windows flanking an arched entry, accessed by side-facing stairs. Above the entrance is a round window with a Star of David. The building sides also have arched windows, with small oculus windows interspersed above them, which provide illumination for the women’s gallery.[3]

The building was erected in 1885, and is among the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States.[4] Originally finished in wood, it was clad in brick in 1902, when it was enlarged. It was again enlarged in 1928, at which time the present Torah ark was built. It has a Classical design, with a depiction of the Ten Commandments flanked by gilded lions and pineapple finials.[3]”-https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Ohavi_Zedek_Synagogue

This is the Old Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in the Old North End of Burlington, Vermont. The building is currently (as of the date on the photograph) for sale for $650,000. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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