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Beth-El Synagogue

The circa 1964 Beth-El Synagogue was home to a shuttered Jewish Orthodox congregation on Long Island in New York.

The actual name of the location has been modified.

Beth-El was an Orthodox Jewish congregation on Long Island that was founded in the late 1920s. 2 It constructed its first permanent building in 1930 and relocated to a much larger venue in 1964. Changing demographics forced the congregation to close in 1999.

The Jewish Heritage Center (JHC), founded in Flushing, Queens in 1987, had been teaching classes in many locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. 1 Growth in the JHC promoted the search for a permanent location and opted to locate in the former Beth-El synagogue until structural problems with the building forced it to relocate.



  1. Haas, Robin. “Teaching Jewish Heritage to Adult Jews.” Newsday, 9 Nov. 1999.
  2. Poliakoff, Ira. “Hicksville.” Synagogues of Long Island.

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I attended services at the original synagogue, about a mile away before this one was built. I attended Hebrew School and was Bar-Mitzvah’d in the new structure on New South Road, 2 blocks from my home. It was Congregation Sharei-Zedek’s who’s Rabbi Skaist was there at the time. I recall when the congregation declined he went to a synagogue in Brooklyn, somewhere Bath Beach or Bensonhurst. Hope this information fills in some of the blanks.

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