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Temple Emanu-El - Wichita, Kansas                    




            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 ebook was extremely well received and documented hundreds of previously unknown or forgotten synagogues. Click HERE to see a sample page of synagogues from Ohio that appeared in the eBook.


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 Month" 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


Upcoming projects and eBooks that I am working on include the architecture of America's most prolific synagogue architect Percival Goodman, pioneering Jewish congregations in the USA; regional synagogue architecture and history; and Holocaust memorials in north America. If you would like to be notified when new eBooks are 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 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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