Sunday, February 19, 2006

Hartford's synagogues

Today's Hartford Courant includes a long and fascinating op-ed article on the history of Hartford's synagogues, "Temples Woven In Hartford History." The author, Mary M. Donohue, architectural historian of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, writes: "There are no active Jewish synagogues in the city today, but there were more than a dozen, beginning in the 1800s." She notes that many of the buildings remain in use, "most often as Protestant churches with largely African-American congregations." A sidebar article lists nine major Hartford synagogues and their current uses.

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