american congregations: preserving & disposing of the sacred
Windows without a Home
July 13, 2020 (Alanna E. Cooper). When synagogues close or congregations merge what happens to the stained-glass windows that once graced their sanctuaries?
Saying Kaddish for a Rust Belt congregation
January 8, 2019 (Alanna E. Cooper). NEW CASLTE, Pa. (Tablet Magazine) - When Temple Hadar Israel in New Castle, Pennsylvania closed its doors, most of its ritual objects were disbursed to other congregations. What was left behind was buried in a cemetery.....
When an old synagogue downsizes, what do you do with all its stuff
Sept 5, 2018 (Alanna E. Cooper). ERIE, Pa (JTA) - There was some debate about putting the old synagogue building up for sale and moving to a new, smaller building, but not much. When a major pipe burst. . .
A Rust Belt synagogue 'runs out of people' and gathers to bury its past
Jan 4, 2018 (Alanna E. Cooper). NEW CASTLE, Pa. (JTA) - It was a frigid 10 degrees on Sunday, the last day of 2017, but some 20 people gathered at Congregation Tifereth Israel's cemetery......