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Temple Emanu-El - Wichita, Kansas                    





            Temple Beth El - Rocky Mount, North Carolina   Temple Israel - Paducah, Kentucky         






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I love architecture and history and have always been fascinated by synagogue architecture and local American Jewish history. As a trained archivist and genealogist over the years I have been able to combine my interests and my research & writing. In 2008 I published my first eBook, American Synagogues: A Photographic Journey. The original cd-rom edition contains over 3200 photographic images of 1400+ American synagogues, both current and former ones and included historical data on each congregation and building. The eBook was extremely well received and documented hundreds of previously unknown or forgotten synagogues. Click HERE to see a page of synagogues from Ohio from the eBook. Click HERE to see a list of synagogues featured in the book.


My professional Facebook & Twitter pages have many interesting photographs and postings relating to American Jewish history, synagogue architecture, Jewish genealogy and Jewish history in general. Click on the thumbnail photos at the top of the page for full-size images  and information on each synagogue building.


My published books include:


                  Jewish Cemeteries of the Delmarva Peninsula - Family Line Publications

                  Pioneer American Synagogues: A State By State Guide - Heritage Books

                  Jewish Genealogical Resources: Mid-Atlantic States - Apollo Press

                  Historic Synagogue of Philadelphia & The Delaware Valley - The History Press

                  Jewish West Virginia - Arcadia Publishing-Images of America Series

                 The Synagogues of Central & Western Pennsylvania: A Visual Journey - Fonthill Media



UPDATES:  My books are now available through Arcadia/The History Press & also Amazon. Click  ARCADIA or AMAZON to order.


Two new books will be available soon: America's Pioneer Jewish Congregations: Architecture, History & Community will feature the oldest existing Jewish congregation in all 50 US states; Washington, DC; Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. History and vintage & present-day photographs, about 1/2 in color. The Synagogues of Eastern Pennsylvania: A Visual Journey will include vintage and present-day photographs and historical information on the synagogues, past & present, from the Philadelphia area all the way north to Scranton...should be available in early 2018. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for each or both of these books, please contact me: E-Mail


Please click on book covers for more information


Synagogues of Central & Western Pennsylvania: A Visual Journey







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