125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island

Enjoy an Opening Reception / Meet the Curator event

on Thursday, August 12, 6:00 pm. 

This event is free to members; $5 / non-members. Includes light refreshments.

Six years ago exhibit curator Brad Kolodny set out to document and photograph every synagogue that has ever existed in Nassau and Suffolk.  Four years later he completed that task, having photographed 385 buildings that at one time were, or currently are, being used as a synagogue.  This exhibit showcases a sampling of Kolodny’s images based on their historic significance, architectural design, and other unique characteristics. The image collection tells the story of how Judaism evolved on Long Island over the past 125 years—from the humble beginnings of the first synagogue built in 1896, to the massive growth following World War II, to today. 


ABOUT THE CURATOR: Brad Kolodny has photographed more than six hundred synagogues in thirteen countries over the last thirty years. He’s worked for the New York Times since 1996 and is an active member of the Midway Jewish Center in Syosset. His book Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island was released by Segula Publishing in 2019. 


Exhibit runs August 7 – October 30, 2021 in our Gish Gallery. Sponsored by the Long Island Jewish Historical Society.

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