New York Historical Synagogues Map: Resources

Historical Directories with New York City Synagogue Listings (in chronological order):

Lyons, Jacques J., and Abraham De Sola. A Jewish Calendar for Fifty Years: From A. M. 5614 till A. M. 5564. Montreal: Printed by J. Lovell, 5614 [1854]. Print.
Jackson, Lewis E. A Church Directory for New York City. New York: New York City Mission, 1867. Print.
“Synagogues of New York City.” Museum of Family History. Museum of Family History, [Based on New York City directories: 1869-1933; Date of publication: 2007-2011?]. Web. 21 July 2016. (
Illustrated Annual New York & Brooklyn Churches. New York: Nelson & Phillips, 1874. Print.
Schaft, H. E. New York and Brooklyn: A Complete List of Churches and Their Location. New York: John Polhemus, 1878.
Cardozo, J. L. Hebrew-American Manual for New York, for 1887. New York: Coster, 1887. Print.
Nickerson's Illustrated Church Musical and School Directory of New York and Brooklyn. New York: Nickerson & Young, 1895. Print.
Adler, Cyrus, ed. American Jewish Year Book. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 5661 [1900/1901]. Print.
Jacobs, Alex Eli. Jewish Calendar, Lodge and Society Directory. New York: Jewish Directory, 1905. Print.
Drukerman’s Direktori Fir Nyu York, Bruklin, Un Bronzvil. Nyu York: S. Drukerman, 1907. Print. [Yiddish]
Szold, Henrietta, ed.  American Jewish Year Book. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 5668 [1907/1908]. Print.
Margoshes, Samuel. The Jewish Communal Register of New York City, 1917-1918. 2nd ed. New York: Kehillah (Jewish Community) of New York City, 1918. Print.
Schneiderman, Harry, ed.  American Jewish Year Book. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 5680 [1919/1920]. Print.
The National Jewish Blue Book. Philadelphia: Blue Book Pub. Co., 1927. Print.
Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers’ Project. Historical Records Survey of Churches and Synagogues. New York: Works Progress Administration, 1939. Microfilm. [The completed New York City synagogue surveys and a card index to these surveys are on microfilm at the New York City Municipal Archives (Microfilm #'s 21318-21322, Roll #'s 319-323).]
New York Federation of Reform Synagogues Directory. New York: Federation of Reform Synagogues and Union of American Hebrew Congregations, [1943-1950?]. Print.
Fink, Reuben. Jewish Community Directory of Greater New York. New York: Jewish Information Bureau, 1947. Print.
Interfaith Religious Directory of Greater New York:  the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. New York: American Churches Press, 1949. Print.
American Jewish Organizations Directory [American Synagogues Directory]. New York: Frenkel Mailing Service, [1957-1987?]. Print.
Barkai, Meyer. The Standard American-Jewish Directory 1960. n.p.: M. Barkai, 1960. Print.
Directory of Churches and Synagogues. New York: Council of Churches of the City of New York, [1975-1986?]. Print.
Glass, Harold M. Who's Who in American Jewry : Incorporating the Directory of American Jewish Institutions. Los Angeles: Standard Who's Who, 1980. Print.
Rosen, Oded. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Institutions: United States & Canada. Tel Aviv, Israel: Mosadot Publications, 1983. Print.
International Directory of Sephardic Congregations. New York: Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, [1983-2011?]. Print.
The Jewish Directory and Almanac. New York: Pacific, [1984-88?]. Print.
Kosher Yellow Pages: New York, New Jersey, Florida. New York: Kosher yellow pages, 1990-. Print.
National Directory of Churches, Synagogues, and Other Houses of Worship. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1994. Print.
The Sephardic Yellow Pages: The Business Directory Serving the Jewish Community of New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Brooklyn, NY: Jewish Sephardic Yellow Pages of New York, [1998-2001?]. Print.

Current Synagogue Directories

“Directory of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot.” Jewish Reconstructionist Communities in Association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 2016. Web. 21 July 2016. (
“Find a Congregation.” Union for Reform Judaism. Union for Reform Judaism, 2016. Web. 21 July 2016.
 “Find a Kehilla.” United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, 2016. Web. 21 July 2016. (
“Find a Young Israel.” National Council of Young Israel. National Council of Young Israel, 2016. Web. 21 July 2016. (
“Synagogues and Mikvaot.” Orthodox Union. Orthodox Union, 2016. Web. 21 July 2016.


Abelow, Samuel Philip. History of Brooklyn Jewry. Brooklyn, NY: Scheba, 1937. Print.
Adler, Cyrus, ed. American Jewish Year Book. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 5661 [1900/1901]. Print.
Dunlap, David W. From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. New York: Columbia UP, 2004. Print.
Fine, Jo Renée, and Gerard R. Wolfe. The Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side. New York: Washington Mews, 1978. Print.
Grinstein, Hyman B. The Rise of the Jewish Community of New York, 1654-1860. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1945. Print.
Gurock, Jeffrey S. When Harlem Was Jewish, 1870-1930. New York: Columbia UP, 1979. Print.
Israelowitz, Oscar. Synagogues of New York City:  A Pictorial Survey in 123 Photographs. New York: Dover Publications, 1982. Print.
---. Synagogues of New York City: History of a Jewish Community. Brooklyn, NY: Israelowitz Pub., 2000.
Jick, Leon A. The Americanization of the Synagogue, 1820-1870. Hanover, NH: Published for Brandeis UP by the UP of New England, 1976. Print.
Kaufman, David. Shul with a Pool: The "synagogue-center" in American Jewish History. Waltham, MA; Hanover, NH: Brandeis UP; UP of New England, 1999. Print.
Korros, Alexandra Shecket, and Jonathan D. Sarna. American Synagogue History: A Bibliography and State-of-the-field Survey. New York: M. Wiener Pub., 1988. Print.
Levitt, Ellen. The Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn: The Stories behind How and Why Many Brooklyn Synagogues, Now Old "ex-shuls," Were Converted to Other Uses, Primarily as Christian Churches. Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2009. Print.
---. The Lost Synagogues of Manhattan: Including Shuls from Staten Island and Governors Island. Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2013. Print.
---. The Lost Synagogues of the Bronx and Queens. Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2011. Print.
Margoshes, Samuel. The Jewish Communal Register of New York City, 1917-1918. 2nd Ed. New York: Kehillah (Jewish Community) of New York City, 1919. Print.
Moore, Deborah Dash, et al. City of Promises:  A History of the Jews of New York. New York: New York UP, 2012. Print.
Moore, Deborah Dash. At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews. New York: Columbia UP, 1981. Print.
Olitzky, Kerry M., and Marc L. Raphael. The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. Print.
Perlin, Seymour J. Remembrance of Synagogues Past: The Lost Civilization of the Jewish South Bronx. Seymour J. Perlin, 1999-2016. Web. 21 July 2016. (
Pool, David de Sola. “Levantine Jews in the United States.” American Jewish Year Book. 15 (1913/1914): 207-220. Print.
Postal, Bernard, and Lionel Koppman. Jewish Landmarks of New York: A Travel Guide and History. New York: Fleet Press Corp, 1978. Print.
Raphael, Marc Lee. The Synagogue in America: A Short History. New York: New York UP, 2011. Print.
Rischin, Moses. The Promised City: New York's Jews 1870-1914. New York: Corinth, 1964. Print.
Sarna, Jonathan D. American Judaism: A New History. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2004. Print.
Soyer, Daniel. Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2001. Print.
Weisser, Michael R. A Brotherhood of Memory: Jewish Landsmanshaftn in the New World. New York: Basic, 1985. Print.
Wolfe, Gerard R. The Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side: A Retrospective and Contemporary View. 2nd ed. New York: Empire State Editions, an Imprint of Fordham UP, 2013. Print.