Remembering New York's Oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue, Gutted by a Fire

Founded in 1852, it was first a Baptist church, but eventually served as the seat of New York City's only chief rabbi and was a transformative center for eastern European Jews after the Holocaust

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NEW YORK - When the Beth Hamidrash Hagadol burned nearly to the ground on Sunday, it destroyed not only what had once been a beautiful anchor synagogue of the Lower East Side, but also decisively ended the...