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






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 pertinent historical data on each congregation and building. The book was extremely well received and I have always wanted to do an updated, expanded and revised edition. Other books projects took precedence, but this year I hope to do more work on this new eBook. My goal is to add at least 250 to 500 new synagogue buildings and the new volume will be in pdf format and available for purchase as a download. At this point I am not sure if I will have to, due to size, break the volume up into geographic regions. The new version will include synagogues in American territories such as US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


If you would like to be notified when the new eBook is available, please contact me and I will add your name to my mailing list. If you have photographs of your synagogue or are interested in taking photographs of synagogues in your city or when you travel, please let me know. All photographers will be credited for any images used. I am always pleased to include photographs from people across the USA.  To see if I currently have images of your synagogue in my collection...just ask -  Questions?


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. You can visit these and other pages by clicking the icons at the top right of this page. I also welcome appropriate postings on my Facebook Page.


Click on the thumbnail photos at the tops of the page for full-size images of the synagogues and also information on each building. Soon I will be adding a "Synagogue Photo of the Week" section.


My published books include the following:


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


Some of my synagogue and local Jewish history photographs have recently appeared in Moment Magazine, Southern Jewish History and the book and accompanying exhibit Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina.

Upcoming projects and eBooks that I am working on include the topics of Holocaust memorials & monuments; pioneering Jewish congregations in the USA; Ohio's synagogues; & the prolific American synagogue architect Percival Goodman.




MY LATEST BOOK..................published by FONTHILL MEDIA


Synagogues of Central & Western Pennsylvania: A Visual Journey


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My Other Books.....




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