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Stanton Street Synagogue, A Place that Matters

One of the few remaining tenement synagogues in the Lower East Side, the compact Stanton Street shul (Yiddish for synagogue), at 180 Stanton Street, was built in 1913 by a hometown society in Brzezan in southeast Galicia, in modern-day Ukraine. It was almost closed in 2000 but the sale of the building and the demise of the shul was stopped by members of the congregation. Now, a homegrown effort is underway to restore the building and renew the congregation, and an open welcome is extended to all to visit the synagogue.

Stanton Synagogue board member Elissa Sampson recently told Place Matters that, “If someone wanted a really gorgeous suburban synagogue, they wouldn’t be coming here. What they get is something haimish, homelike, something real and.. familiar… a piece of the old country.”