The Synagogues of Eastern Pennsylvania: A Visual Journey

By Julian H. Preisler

Religion & spirituality, Art & photography | Paperback


With the sixth largest Jewish population and the fourth oldest organized Jewish community in the United States, Pennsylvania has hundreds of synagogues, past and present, and they come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Pennsylvania is unique with regard to the extensive number of locations that either have, or once had, functioning Jewish congregations and communities. By presenting images of these many synagogues, especially the ones that are no longer used for Jewish worship, their history is documented, and the uniqueness and wealth of their architecture is shared for all. Covering the Philadelphia region all the way north to Scranton, this new book is a companion volume to the earlier "The Synagogues of Central & Western Pennsylvania". 195 images, 128 pages.



Julian H. Preisler is an independent researcher, author, genealogist, and documentarian with a background in historic preservation and archives administration. His areas of expertise include American synagogue history and architecture, American Jewish community history, and Jewish genealogy research. His most recent books include America's Pioneer Jewish Congregations, The Synagogues of Central & Western Pennsylvania and Jewish West Virginia. Originally from Detroit, Mr. Preisler resides in the West Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. He is the son of Holocaust survivors from Germany and the former Czechoslovakia, and has had a love of architecture and Jewish history since he was young.


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Julian H. Preisler is an independent researcher, author, genealogist, and documentarian with a background in historic preservation and archives administration. His areas of expertise include American synagogue history and architecture, American Jewish community history, and Jewish genealogy research. His most recent books include America's Pioneer Jewish Congregations, The Synagogues of Central & ...


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