B’nai Israel Synagogue
The B’nai Israel Synagogue is a beautiful example of Moorish Revival architecture. This ornate building was restored to its original glory, and today visitors can enjoy the magnificent hand-carved ark wall that adorns the sanctuary.
The synagogue was built in 1876 by Congregation Chizuk Amuno. Chizuk Amuno (“Strengthener of the Faith”), was founded in 1871 by members of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation who had left the Lloyd Street Synagogue because they resisted efforts to “reform” its liturgy and ritual.
After worshipping in rented quarters for a few years, the new congregation built a synagogue of their own, just down the block from their former congregation on Lloyd Street. Chizuk Amuno was the last synagogue built by Baltimore’s German-Jewish immigrant community.
The congregation occupied its new synagogue for only 19 years. In 1895 the building was sold to the B’nai Israel Congregation, a newly-formed congregation composed largely of recent immigrants from Russia. Today, the B’nai Israel Congregation still occupies its historic synagogue. It is the oldest Orthodox synagogue in continuous use within the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Synagogue Tours Update!
Starting October 5, 2014 we will offer combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building (now home to B’nai Israel Congregation), Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. We will offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue, Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.
On November 9 we will introduce a new Lloyd Street “1845: Technology and the Temple” tour at 3:00pm and the tour will be available every Sunday and Monday at 3 until the A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit closes in June 2015.
Special tours for student and adult groups can be arranged by contacting:
Abby Krolik, Visitor Services Coordinator