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Adas Israel Synagogue (original)
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Adas Israel Synagogue.JPG
Location: 3rd and G Sts., NW., Washington, D.C.
Coordinates: 38°53′54.6″N 77°0′54″W / 38.8985°N 77.015°W / 38.8985; -77.015Coordinates: 38°53′54.6″N 77°0′54″W / 38.8985°N 77.015°W / 38.8985; -77.015
Built/Founded: 1876
Architect: Kleinman,Max; William,J.,& Co.
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: March 24, 1969
NRHP Reference#: 69000288


The Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, located in the Judiciary Square neighborhood of Washington, D.C., houses the oldest surviving synagogue building in the District. It was erected in 1876 by the Adas Israel Congregation.[2] The museum is operated by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. The museum's executive director is Laura Apelbaum.

The museum building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, and Historic American Buildings Survey. It is among the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States.[3] It is also an official project of the Save America's Treasures program.


See also


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. The Temple That Traveled, Washington Post, August 14, 2005 [1]
  3. Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues, Mark W. Gordon, American Jewish History 84.1 (1996) 11-27 [2]

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Coordinates: 38°53′54.6″N 77°0′54″W / 38.8985°N 77.015°W / 38.8985; -77.015

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